10.20.20

Links 21/10/2020: $8000 GNU/Linux Desktop, Tails 4.12, Open Infrastructure Foundation and Firefox Release

Posted in News Roundup at 11:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Thelio Mega: The World’s Smallest Quad-GPU Deep Learning System

        Most quad-GPU workstations on the market right now use a generic chassis. It works if you want something just for storing components, but what you get is a machine that runs hot and slows down your system. That’s where Thelio Mega comes in.

        We’ve engineered Thelio Mega to ensure your top-line components perform to their fullest potential. Its thermals are actually two separate systems, as we found it more effective to divide and conquer. Unique airflows keep heat generated by the CPU and GPU from mixing, exhaust air effectively, and prevent throttling.

        Heat builds up quickly when you have up to 4 NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs stacked atop one another. Rather than use a single vent to cool the entire system, Thelio Mega uses intake fans on the bottom and side panels to blow cool air directly onto your GPUs. Everything down to the GPU brace has been tested for maximum thermal efficiency. The result is consistent access to every last core of performance in your system.

      • RTX 2080Ti vs RTX 3090 Machine Learning Benchmarks

        NVIDIA’s 2nd generation RTX architecture brings more performance for faster Machine Learning training. We tested four Geforce RTX 2080Ti GPUs against three Geforce RTX 3090 GPUs and found that three RTX 3090s performed similar or better than four RTX 2080Ti’s for most tests with the same batch size. The RTX 3090s offer faster training with larger batch sizes as well, thanks to the additional memory available in the RTX 3090. Three RTX 3090s were used, rather than four, due to their increased power requirements.

        The tests were conducted on the new Thelio Mega workstation from System76. Thelio Mega was engineered specifically for graphics compute intensive workloads.

      • System76 Thelio Mega is a quad-GPU Linux desktop powered by Ryzen Threadripper

        System76 began its life as a Linux computer seller only. Essentially, the company would sell re-branded laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed. To provide a class-leading experience, however, System76 also provided top-notch customer service, helping Linux beginners get started with a little hand-holding when needed. This focus on service continues today, and it is largely responsible for the company’s success and longevity.

        Seeking to better control its own destiny, the company branched out from only being a computer-seller and transformed into a maker too. It’s handcrafted Thelio desktops are powerful works of art, comprised of wood, metal, and good ol’ fashioned American elbow grease. Yes, these Thelio machines are made in the USA — Colorado, specifically.

        System76 has even created its own operating system — the Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS, which has been very well received by the Linux community. This Linux distro will work on most computers — not just Sytem76 machines. If you want vanilla Ubuntu, don’t worry — the company continues to offer that OS as an option when buying one of its computers.

      • System76 Launches The Thelio Mega With Threadripper + Four GPUs

        The System76 Thelio Major with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3900 series is already a beast, but now this Linux PC vendor has managed to outdo themselves once again with the Thelio Mega.

        The System76 Thelio Mega is what the Colorado company calls “the world’s smallest quad-GPU deep learning system”. The Thelio Mega pairs the latest-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper platform with up to four NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs to make for an incredibly powerful system.

      • System76 unleash a quad-GPU Linux monster with the ‘Thelio Mega’

        What has four GPUs and could probably heat up your entire house? System76 have announced the Thelio Mega and it’s absolutely ridiculous.

        System76 say that the Thelio Mega is the world’s smallest quad-GPU workstation primarily made for deep learning and scientific computing. I’m sure that won’t stop someone trying to play games with it though as this might be (probably is) the most powerful Linux desktop you can buy and it’s gorgeous too.

      • System76 Launches Thelio Mega as World’s Smallest Quad-GPU Linux Workstation

        It took System76 almost a year to perfect the Thelio Mega, which they dub as a “LeMans hypercar” due to the advanced technologies and engineering that this new Linux-powered workstation includes, thus making it ideal for deep learning and scientific computing.

        The state-of-the-art thermal system in the Thelio Mega appears to be the thing that set it apart from other desktop computers. It comes with two separate thermal system, designed to keep the heat generated by the CPU and GPUs from mixing and to prevent throttling.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • From The Factory Floor | LINUX Unplugged 376

        We put the new Ubuntu 20.10 to the test, and chat with System76′s Mechanical Engineer to get the secrets of the new Thelio Mega.

        Plus some important community news, feedback, picks, and more.

      • The COOLEST Linux Terminal App I’ve Ever Seen! – YouTube

        Say hello to a stunning, futuristic, Tron-inspired Terminal app for Linux, Windows and macOS that’ll bring to life those hacker fantasies you had in the late 90s and early 2000s. It’s also a fully functional system and resource monitor!

      • There Are Too Many “Real Life” Script Kiddies – YouTube

        Just another boomer rant about some of the people that annoy me in real life and on the interwebs. I’m talking about the “script kiddies”. And not just about programming “script kiddies” but people that are “script kiddies” in all aspects of life.

      • Fd: Stop Using The Find Command And Try This – YouTube

        The find command on linux is great and all but it’s quite slow, especially when searching over large directories like your home, but luckily there’s better and faster alternatives that exist like fd which is written in rust and is the topic of today’s video.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.10 Xen Brings Security Updates – Includes Fixing ARM Guests With KPTI – Phoronix

        The Xen virtualization work for the Linux 5.10 kernel revolves around security.

        Last week brought the initial Xen updates for the Linux 5.10 merge window which primarily consisted of fixes. The main change to point out though was a temporary fix for allowing Xen guests on ARM to work with Kernel Page Table Isolation (KPTI) enabled. A more long-term fix is still being worked on for Xen support in KPTI-enabled ARM environments.

        The fix is around the VCPUOP_register_runstate_memory_area hypercall that under KPTI-protected guests would be passed an invalid virtual address, so the short term solution is to just avoid that call. ARM relies on Kernel Page Table Isolation as part of their mitigation against the Meltdown vulnerability on affected ARM Cortex processors, similar to the more well known usage on Intel processors.

      • XanMod Linux Kernel

        There is a new tool available for Sparkers: XanMod Linux Kernel Installer

        What is XanMod Linux Kernel?

        XanMod is a general-purpose Linux kernel distribution with custom settings and new features. Built to provide a stable, responsive and smooth desktop experience.
        The real-time version is recommended for critical runtime applications such as Linux gaming eSports, streaming, live productions and ultra-low latency enthusiasts.
        Supports all recent 64-bit versions of Debian and Ubuntu-based systems.

        [...]

        – GPLv2 license. Can be built for any distribution or purpose.

      • XFS Lands More Code For Linux 5.10 – “Even More Monumental” – Phoronix

        Last week saw the XFS file-system with Linux 5.10 support timestamps until the year 2486 rather than year 2038 and other improvements too. This week a second round of XFS work has landed for Linux 5.10.

        XFS maintainer Darrick Wong describes this week’s file-system changes as “even more monumental than last week!”

        XFS developers are announcing that in the Year 2030 they intend to deprecate their Version Four (V4) file-system format — thus users have a decade to upgrade to the newer V5 format. Making use of the newer on-disk format means better metadata validation, support reflink and online fsck, and this support for timestamp handling beyond the year 2038.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa Just Got A Significant Performance Boost For Intel Tiger Lake Chips

          Intel’s Kenneth Graunke has written a few patches for Intel Gen12+ graphics chips that boost graphics performance by one to twelve percent. Don’t get too excited, it only applies to Intel Tigerlake and newer and they won’t arrive in mainstream GNU/Linux distributions until Mesa 20.3 is released mid-December.

        • The Vulkan driver for Raspberry Pi 4 becomes official for Linux, merged into Mesa | GamingOnLinux

          In case you’ve missed what’s been going on, the progress on proper Vulkan support for the Raspberry Pi 4 has been going really well. So well in fact, that it’s been merged into the upstream Mesa project and so it’s all a bit more official.

          Writing in a guest post on the official Raspberry Pi blog, Igalia’s Iago Toral, who has been largely responsible for hacking away on the v3dv driver gave an update on the progress.

          [...]

          Plenty more still to be done, and as they said, passing tests is one thing but real-world use is another. I’ve no doubt people will find many ways to break it while it’s still in development. That’s part of the point of being official in Mesa now though, makes it vastly easy to try it. As a proud owner of a Raspberry Pi 4, it’s going to be fun to see it in action with Vulkan now.

        • AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1 Is Released With A New Vulkan Extension And Three Game-Specific Fixes – LinuxReviews

          AMD has released a new version of their AMDVLK Vulkan driver for Linux with support for one new Vulkan extensions and game-specific fixes for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Second Extinction and X-plane. Performance is still overall worse than the AMD RAVD Vulkan driver that comes with Mesa 20.2.0 and performance is much worse in specific graphics benchmarks and image up-scaling.

          [...]

          AMDVLK’s performance has long been sub-par compared to Mesa’s RADV driver. That’s the driver GNU/Linux distributions ship with, AMDVLK is optional. AMDVLK is much closer to the Windows-driver than Mesa’s RADV and compatibility may be a reason to install the latest and greatest AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1 driver. Performance is, as you will see if you read on, not a reason to install it.

        • AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1 Released With Various Game Fixes – Phoronix

          AMD has issued their first open-source Vulkan driver code drop of the quarter with AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1.

          The main changes of AMDVLK 2020.Q4.1 are updating against the Vulkan API 1.2.156 revision and enabling support for VK_EXT_shader_image_atomic_int64. VK_EXT_shader_image_atomic_int64 allows for 64-bit integer atomic operations to work on images.

        • Arch Linux – News: nvidia 455.28 is incompatible with linux >= 5.9

          nvidia is currently partially incompatible with linux >= 5.9 [1] [2]. While graphics should work fine, CUDA, OpenCL, and likely other features are broken. Users who’ve already upgraded and need those features are advised to switch to the linux-lts kernel for the time being until a fix for nvidia is available.

        • Radeon Linux Driver Seeing “MALL” Feature For Big Navi – Phoronix

          The AMDGPU open-source Linux kernel graphics driver continues seeing work on next-generation GPU support around the forthcoming “Big Navi” GPUs.

          Building off the Sienna Cichlid support that has come together and made its debut for Linux 5.9, and has further improvements for the now in-development Linux 5.10 kernel, new patches are now surfacing as material that will eventually make its way into Linux 5.11 for release as stable in early 2021.

          One of these late feature additions for Sienna Cichlid is the “MALL” display feature. MALL in this context is the Memory Access at Last Level. This Memory Access At Last Level is a DCN 3.0 feature for enhancing power savings with the screen contents coming from the “MALL” when certain conditions are met. At least at this point the support is only enabled for Sienna Cichlid and not other variants like Navy Flounder.

        • NIR-To-TGSI Support Added To Mesa 20.3 – Phoronix

          Mesa 20.3 has merged a long work-in-progress patch series providing support for going from the modern NIR intermediate representation to TGSI as the conventional Gallium3D IR.

          The NIR-To-TGSI translation layer has been in the works for most of the year with hopes of using that to eventually kill the Mesa state tracker GLSL-to-TGSI code that is quite large and crusty. While RadeonSI, Iris, and the other larger Gallium3D drivers are making use of NIR for a while now, this NIR-to-TGSI path can help other Gallium3D drivers like Softpipe that still rely on TGSI. If getting rid of the GLSL-to-TGSI path, GLSL shaders would ultimately go through NIR and then translated to TGSI.

    • Benchmarks

      • A Quick Look At Ubuntu 20.04 LTS vs. 20.10 With The Core i9 10900K – Phoronix

        With Ubuntu 20.10 due for release this week I have begun testing near-final Ubuntu 20.10 builds on many more systems in the lab. Larger than our normal distribution/OS comparisons, here is the culmination of running hundreds of benchmarks (366 tests to be exact) under both Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with all available updates and then again on the Ubuntu 20.10 development state while testing on Intel Comet Lake.
        Aside from specific improvements for bleeding-edge hardware like Intel Tiger Lake performing better on Ubuntu 20.10 or when looking at cases like the Intel and Radeon graphics performance being better on Ubuntu 20.10 due to the newer Linux kernel and Mesa, for general CPU/system workloads the performance has largely been found to be similar to that of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
        The other caveat is for workloads being built from source, Ubuntu 20.10 now ships with GCC 10 rather than GCC 9. GCC 10 doesn’t normally yield any night-and-day differences in performance but in some cases for newer CPU microarchitectures there has been some improvements there or with features like LTO.

    • Applications

      • The 10 Best Linux Guitar Tools: The Guitarist’s Essential Toolkit

        Linux guitar tools are helping the guitarists for a long time. I always say that Linux is a great environment for music composers. Yet some people have different arguments. In their logic, Linux is not that useful for multimedia because of the lack of some popular paid tools. It’s a partial truth. But still, there are a lot of free Linux tools available for acoustics and mixing. You know the electric guitar completely relies on electronic devices and software. Even there are some great tuner and amp tools for the acoustic guitars also. As a music enthusiast, I love tinkering with these audio-related programs.

      • You can Surf Internet in Linux Terminal With These Command Line Browsers

        I’m guessing that you are probably using Firefox or a Chrome-based browser like Brave to read this article. Or, maybe, Google Chrome or Chromium.

        In other words, you are utilizing a GUI-based approach to browse the web. However, back in the days, people used the terminal to fetch resources and browse the web because everything was mostly text-based information.

        Even though you cannot get every information from a terminal now, you can still try the command line browsers for some text-based information and open a web page from the Linux terminal.

        Not just limited to that, but if you are accessing a remote server or stuck in a terminal without a GUI, a terminal web browser can prove to be useful as well.

        So, in this article, I will be mentioning some terminal based web browsers that you can try on Linux.

      • VirtualBox 6.1.16 Released with Full Support for Linux Kernel 5.9, Various Improvements

        The biggest news in VirtualBox 6.1.16 is the implementation of support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.9 kernel series. This support is offered for both Linux hosts and guests, which means that you’ll now be able to install VirtualBox on distributions powered by Linux 5.9, as well as to run distros that use Linux 5.9 as virtual machines.

        But wait, there are even more Linux improvements in VirtualBox 6.1.16. For example, this release comes with a workaround to improve the resizing of 32-bit virtual machines that use the VMSVGA graphics controller while avoiding the use of RandR 1.3 due to bugs causing hangs with the X server, as well as VMSVGA 3D support for Linux guests when using the Hyper-V hypervisor.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Btrfs on CentOS: Living with Loopback | Linux Journal

        The btrfs filesystem has taunted the Linux community for years, offering a stunning array of features and capability, but never earning universal acclaim. Btrfs is perhaps more deserving of patience, as its promised capabilities dwarf all peers, earning it vocal proponents with great influence. Still, none can argue that btrfs is unfinished, many features are very new, and stability concerns remain for common functions.

        Most of the intended goals of btrfs have been met. However, Red Hat famously cut continued btrfs support from their 7.4 release, and has allowed the code to stagnate in their backported kernel since that time. The Fedora project announced their intention to adopt btrfs as the default filesystem for variants of their distribution, in a seeming juxtaposition. SUSE has maintained btrfs support for their own distribution and the greater community for many years.

        For users, the most desirable features of btrfs are transparent compression and snapshots; these features are stable, and relatively easy to add as a veneer to stock CentOS (and its peers). Administrators are further compelled by adjustable checksums, scrubs, and the ability to enlarge as well as (surprisingly) shrink filesystem images, while some advanced btrfs topics (i.e. deduplication, RAID, ext4 conversion) aren’t really germane for minimal loopback usage. The systemd init package also has dependencies upon btrfs, among them machinectl and systemd-nspawn. Despite these features, there are many usage patterns that are not directly appropriate for use with btrfs. It is hostile to most databases and many other programs with incompatible I/O, and should be approached with some care.

      • How To List Filesystems In Linux Using Lfs – OSTechNix

        Lfs is a commandline tool used to list filesystems in Linux system. Lfs is slightly a better alternative to “df -H” command.

      • How to Install Debian Linux 10.5 with MATE Desktop + VMware Tools on VMware Workstation – SysAdmin

        This video tutorial shows how to install Debian Linux 10.5 with MATE Desktop on VMware Workstation step by step.

      • How to Install Mageia Linux 7.1 + VMware Tools on VMware Workstation – SysAdmin

        This video tutorial shows how to install Mageia Linux 7.1 on VMware Workstation step by step.

      • How to install Krita 4.3.0 on Deepin 20 – YouTube

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Krita 4.3.0 on Deepin 20.

      • How to install PHP 7.4 in Ubuntu 20.04? | LibreByte

        PHP-FPM is used together with a web server like Apache or NGINX, PHP-FPM serves dynamic content, while the web server serve static content

      • How to install the Blizzard Battle.net on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the Blizzard Battle.net on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to install the MGT GTK theme on Linux

        MGT is a modern theme that is based on the Materia GTK theme. It comes in 4 different colors (Grey, Semi-Dark, Light, and Dark) and brings the Google Material Design look that many Linux users love. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the MGT GTK theme on Linux.

      • How to install the RavenDB NoSQL database on Ubuntu 20.04 – TechRepublic

        If you’re looking to deploy a powerful NoSQL database on Linux, let Jack Wallen walk you through the process of installing RavenDB.

      • Implementing a self-signed certificate on an Ubuntu Server > Tux-Techie

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a self-signed certificate with OpenSSL on an Ubuntu 20.04 server and discuss its use cases.

      • How to Configure And Customize Openbox [Linux]

        Openbox is a great lightweight desktop manager for Linux, except that it can be a bit intimidating for the first time user. Here’s a complete guide to configure and customize Openbox for new users.

      • 2 Ways to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 To Ubuntu 20.10 (GUI & Terminal)

        Ubuntu 20.10, codenamed Groovy Gorilla, will be released on October 22, 2020. This tutorial will be showing you 2 ways to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 20.10.

      • 3 Ways to Power off Debian

        Along with many other routine tasks, Linux administrators also have to perform a safe shutdown or reboot. It seems the simplest task but should be done in a secure way. Our systems are continuously running processes. If the system is not properly powered off, files and processes will not safe closely, might result in corrupted files, and can leave your system in an unstable state. It is therefore advised to properly and securely power off the system.

      • Disowning a process in Linux | Network World

        When you disown a process in bash, you keep it from being terminated when you log out and allow it to finish on its own. This post shows how to use the disown command.

      • How to install Ubuntu Budgie 20.10 – YouTube

        In this video, I am going to show how to install Ubuntu Budgie 20.10

      • Install Lutris on Manjaro – LinuxConfig.org

        In this tutorial, we guide you through the process of installing Lutris on Manjaro, allowing you to play a lot of popular gaming titles on Linux.

      • How To Install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kafka is the most popular open-source software that provides a framework for storing, reading, and analyzing streaming data. Kafka was originally developed by LinkedIn and to be open-sourced in early 2011 under Apache Software Foundation.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of Apache Kafka on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 18.04 – TecAdmin

        Installing Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 18.04 with Apt. Two methods to install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 18.04 using PPA or Source code.

      • How to install ONLYOFFICE Workspace on Ubuntu

        This tutorial shows how to install the new ONLYOFFICE 6.0 Workspace on Ubuntu 20.04….

      • How to install and set up SeedDMS | Enable Sysadmin

        If you need a document management system that’s quick and easy to set up, SeedDMS might be your solution.

      • How to install the Nextcloud server in Ubuntu 20.04 > Tux-Techie

        This tutorial shows how to set up a Nextcloud server on an Ubuntu install along with an overview of the latest Nextcloud features.

      • How to install WordPress in Ubuntu 20.04 > Tux-Techie

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to install WordPress in Ubuntu 20.04. The prerequisites for this guide require an Ubuntu installation with a static IP assigned.

      • How to set up a Samba file server in Ubuntu 20.04 > Tux-Techie

        In this tutorial, we will set up a samba file server in Ubuntu 20.04 and access it in Ubuntu DDE. Share files across Linux, Windows, and Mac.

      • The four things you must be able to do in Vim | Enable Sysadmin

        A list of the four tasks that any Linux user should be able to accomplish when using the Vim text editor.

      • Marvell offers native NVMe SSD Raid 1 Accelerator > Tux-Techie

        Linux and windows open source tech guides and news. NVMe ssd raid 1 native support.

      • How to assign a Static IP address in Ubuntu DDE > Tux-Techie

        In this tutorial, we are going to focus on how to assign a static IP address in the DDE version of Ubuntu.

      • Creating LDAP accounts with phpLDAPadmin > Tux-Techie

        For this tutorial, you will first need to have an OpenLDAP server installed along with phpLDAPadmin. If you do not already have an OpenLDAP server setup, then check out this article to learn how to do so. In this tutorial, we will create a new user with an Organizational Unit named TestUser and the Posix Group named TestAccount. The user ID for this test account is btester.

      • Configuring Ubuntu Linux to authenticate to an LDAP server > Tux-Techie

        The prerequisites for this tutorial require an OpenLDAP server and a client-side system with Ubuntu Linux. To learn how to set up your own OpenLDAP server, check out this article.

    • Games

      • Get some thrills on in the latest Humble Bundle with DUSK and Detention | GamingOnLinux

        Need to boost your library ready for Halloween? Humble Bundle are back with some cheap thrills for you. As usual, we will highlight those with Linux support / Linux builds in bold text to make it easy at a glance.

      • Stadia gets PAC-MAN 64-player Battle Royale, Jedi: Fallen Order soon and HUMANKIND beta | GamingOnLinux

        When Google started hyping up three days of announcements and demos, it has probably disappointed many that the first day was PAC-MAN.

        That’s right, after Stadia got an exclusive Bomberman Battle Royale, it’s now getting PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle, a 64-player last-pac standing game. There’s a demo available right now, which anyone can register for a Stadia account to hop in and try it (Stadia Pro not needed). Surprisingly, it’s actually pretty good. Sounds like it might be Stadia exclusive at release too on November 17.

      • The latest horror from Frictional Games with Amnesia: Rebirth is out now | GamingOnLinux

        Frictional Games have now released their latest horror title with Amnesia: Rebirth, as you walk in the shoes of Tasi and guide them through an emotional experience.

        Using the same game engine as their previous game SOMA, which they call HPL3, Amnesia: Rebirth is a horror game that focuses on the journey as much as the end. It’s all about the narrative and sinking into the thick atmosphere, Frictional say to not go in aiming to beat it but rather to immerse yourself in the world. Rebirth has a direct connection to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, however it’s a fully stand-alone experience so you don’t actually need to have played any others.

      • Steam Proton Updated To 5.13 Making Red Dead Redemption 2 Playable On Linux

        Linux users are simply some of the most stubborn users in the world, willing to forgo almost any convenience in exchange for keeping themselves both secure, and in absolute control of their operating system.

        Whereas Microsoft has attempted to further dummy-proof Windows 10 (bringing about a disastrous ‘software as a service’ routine with consistent updates and changes to everything with little to no warning), Linux is on the far other end of the spectrum where files and configurations rely a bit more on the user understand what they’re doing, rather than intelligent installers doing the necessary heavy lifting.

        If it’s a toss-up between the two, Linux is strongly recommended for the more tech-savvy users. If you’re keener, however, to ensure that you can play all of the latest games and popular tools, then Windows is likely the answer even with its arguably draconian policies and bloat-ware shoveling.

      • X11 display server progress report

        I’m Camille, aka PouleyKetchoupp. I use Godot as an indie game developer (Nekomatata) and I’ve been a Godot contributor for a while (Github). Recently I was hired to work as a contractor on fixes and improvements for the Linux port of Godot 4.

        Most of the work was dedicated to fixing regressions due to the new Display Server used for window management, which allows support for multiple windows. I’ve also spent some extra time fixing old issues we had with X11 which required some refactoring in how the engine communicates with the X server. Some of them will be available in a later Godot 3.2 release as well.

        In this post I’m summarizing all the changes I’ve made in the X11 Display Server, in order to (hopefully) clarify how the X server works and how Godot communicates with it.

      • Godot Engine to get improved Linux support in the upcoming Godot 4 release | GamingOnLinux

        While the free and open source game engine Godot Engine already has Linux support, for both exported games and the full editor, it’s set to get even better in Godot 4.0.

        In a blog post written by Camille Mohr-Daurat, they mentioned how they’ve been hired by the Godot team to work as a contractor on fixes and improvements for the Linux port of Godot. Camille Mohr-Daurat is an indie developer who actually uses Godot too at Nekomatata, where they created the unique ping-pong battler Punch Pong. So this is a real fun example of open source in action.

        Godot 4.0 will be coming with a new windowing system, so that you can separate parts of the Godot Engine editor from the main window. A lot of their work is focused on ensuring that works great on Linux with X11, which seems like there’s a lot of work involved, because there’s places where X11 doesn’t have APIs to handle things where it does on other platforms like Windows and macOS – with drag and drop between windows being one mentioned example they’ve had to solve directly.

      • Lutris game launcher has a huge new Beta update out for testing | GamingOnLinux

        Lutris is the impressive all-in-one solution for managing games on Linux, bundling tons of sources of Linux releases from different stores under one roof as well as emulators, compatibility layers and more.

        Just recently on October 19 they put up the Beta of the new 0.5.8 release, and it includes some pretty huge changes and improvements all across the application. The way it actually works under the hood has been completely changed in many ways, along with the way you add games to it.

        Instead of manually importing games, it now attempts to sync up with your library across other stores like GOG, Humble and Steam. Adding games from the Lutris website using their scripts to set things up is also now in its own section, just called Lutris and it no longer depends on having install scripts for 3rd party services as Lutris will now run stuff with an “auto-generated” script but scripts on the Lutris database will take precedence if available

      • XCOM-ish combat and HOMM-styled world exploration Fort Triumph has a major update and sale | GamingOnLinux

        Possibly one of my favourite strategy game releases of 2020, Fort Triumph blends together XCOM styled combat with HOMM (Heroes of Might and Magic) exploration into quite a gem that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

        What makes it fun is the environment interactions during battles, as you push rocks and drop trees onto enemies – it never gets old. It appears the team at CookieByte Entertainment have been busy too, with a huge free first post-release content upgrade out now.

        They’ve added in 27 new locations/events to the world map, and with some of these encounters you can add/remove traits from your heroes. Some of these encounters mix up the combat too, with some being unique Physics-only battles where you can only move around parts of the environment and not use normal abilities which sounds pretty hilarious.

      • KeeperRL, the open source dungeon building sim is getting a price bump in November | GamingOnLinux

        Fancy becoming a dungeon master? Well, if you’re watching the pennies you might want to go and pick up KeeperRL before they price gets bumped up.

        This excellent open source building sim that mixes in RPG and roguelike elements has a lot to like about it, and it’s been continually improved over 7 years now. Since it’s had a lot added to it, and the developer has been working almost full time on it, they’re going to be increasing the price from $14.99 to $20 on November 15. Plenty of notice if you were thinking about picking it up.

        Keep in mind they also said there will be no discounts planned until the big 1.0 release, so it’s not going to be cheaper again any time soon.

      • Ampersat is an upcoming hack and slash shooter where everyone is ASCII | GamingOnLinux

        Mixing together ASCII characters and enemies, along with a full colour world, the hack and slash shooter Ampersat seems like a rather unique blend. A little weird too, with styles that usually clash and don’t make sense together. You’re the “at sign”, the ampersat, and enemies are also these flat characters yet the world is 3D and full of colour. It looks bizarre but it works.

        Solo developer Gaterooze, Ink mentioned it was inspired by elements of Gauntlet and Smash TV to Zelda and a dash of Angband that “distils some favourite childhood gaming experiences into a fresh, fun hybrid that sees you killing a lot of monsters, finding a lot of loot, freeing captured letters and growing from a world-weary warrior mage into a powerful smashing/blasting machine”.

      • Free copy of Europa Universalis II on GOG, with a huge Paradox Interactive sale going on | GamingOnLinux

        Paradox Interactive are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Europa Universalis series so they’re giving away Europa Universalis II and putting a bunch of other games on sale.

        For the free game, simply head to GOG.com and find the big banner. It doesn’t support Linux like Paradox’s later games, since it’s a proper classic from way back in 2001 but you can try your luck with the Wine compatibility layer if you really want it.

      • Try the demo for Pyramid Plunge, a lighthearted platformer with a really odd couple | GamingOnLinux

        Ah yes, dangerous ancient pyramids with traps and deadly creatures, why not let a totally unprepared couple explore it? That’s what you’re doing in Pyramid Plunge as you run, carry your partner, fart to get airtime are more.

        The result is actually quite hilarious, mixing together challenging random generation with a sprinkle of comedy from the two wildly different characters that have a bit of banter between them like a true couple would. You don’t see many platformers come along like this, what joy.

      • Proton: The Native Port Killer?

        The thrill surrounding the announcement of Street Fighter V coming to Linux was real. It was a few years after SteamOS was announced. After years of silence, fans started to doubt that this was becoming a reality. It wasn’t until two years after the initial release of Proton that Valve started to work with Capcom to try and make the Windows version compatible with Linux. Some people are still salty that it took this long to get here, and even more upset that this isn’t a native port. On the other hand, fans like myself are pleased that Valve/Capcom held to their word, even though they may have compromised a bit by making it Proton-compatible.

        The same goes for Rocket League. End-users like myself naturally get upset when delays happen, even though we don’t understand what it’s like to be on the developer’s side. Several months came and went after the original announcement, and finally the Mac and Linux versions of the game went live on Steam. Fast forward a few years later, and Psyonix decides to drop the ball for said versions, leaving it up to Proton to pick up the slack on Linux and bootcamp for Mac OS. Don’t even get me started on the fact that they basically abandoned support on Steam altogether in favor of the Epic Crap Store.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Linux themes update for October 2020

        Hello there and welcome to LinuxH2O. I’m continuing with the Linux themes update for the month. It’s October 2020 now so let’s see what do we have got here.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.20.1 – First Point Release is Here

          KDE Plasma 5.20 was released last week and it came with a couple of bugs. So, to address those the KDE team announced the first maintenance update on the 5.20 series i.e. KDE Plasma 5.20.1.

        • KDE Plasma 5.20 Desktop Gets First Point Release, 45 Changes Included

          KDE Plasma 5.20.1 is here only a week after the launch of KDE Plasma 5.20, which is one of the biggest and most polished releases of all time, to fix various annoyances or issues that might block the Plasma desktop from functioning correctly.

          There are several Wayland fixes in this first point release to prevent the session from crashing when killing XWayland, correctly clip the mouse cursor clip, and forcing windows to re-open in the same state they were before being closed.

        • KD Chart 2.7.2 released!

          KDAB has released KD Chart 2.7.2, the final release in the KD Chart 2.7 series. This is a very minor release; however, it’s significant in that it may be the final release of KD Chart that will support Qt 4.

          KD Chart is a comprehensive business charting package with many different chart types and a large number of customization options. We are constantly improving the package, and have been doing so for years.

        • TSDgeos’ blog: Make sure KDE software is usable in your language, join KDE translations!

          Translations are a vital part of software. More technical people often overlook it because they understand English well enough to use the software untranslated, but only 15% of the World understands English, so it’s clear we need good translations to make our software more useful to the rest of the world.

          Translations are a place that [almost] always needs help, so I would encourage you to me (aacid@kde.org) if you are interested in helping.

          Sadly, some of our teams are not very active, so you may find yourself alone, it can be a bit daunting at the beginning, but the rest of us in kde-i18n-doc will help you along the way :)

    • Distributions

      • BSD

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • Extra! Extra! KDE Plasma updated to 5.20.1

          KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.20.1 which is a bug fix update for the recently released 5.20.0. This update should arrive shortly in the software repository for those using the KDE Plasma desktop. Enjoy!

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Node.js 15 release: Updated handling of rejections, npm 7, N-API Version 7, and more – IBM Developer

          Users can plan for a new release every April and October, with the latest even-numbered release (14.x, in this instance) being promoted to LTS in October. Since the 15.x release is an odd-numbered release, it won’t be promoted to LTS. The predictable timetable for quality releases has increased adoption of the next LTS release over time. In general we recommend that only LTS releases be used for production deployments.

          Today, the Node.js community is releasing Node.js 15 with new features that are important to Node.js users and customers. While it won’t be promoted to long-term support (LTS), we need our customers and the greater ecosystem to try it out and give us feedback to help pave the way for the Node.js 16 release.

        • Key findings from IDC Red Hat Quarkus Lab Validation

          Recently, Arnal Dayaratna, a research director and analystocused on Software Development at IDC, explored Quarkus in an IDC Lab Validation report, sponsored by Red Hat. The report quantifies performance metrics forQuarkus to another widely used Java framework for cloud-native development, referred to throughout as Framework A. The comparison is based on attributes that are important for developers and the developer experience, as well as those that are important for containers, Kubernetes and cloud deployments.

        • Accelerated development cycle enables Macquarie deployments in near real time, addressing business and technical challenges

          As companies continue their quest for digital transformation and face uncertainty in the business environment, especially in current times, the ability to react in an agile manner to address customers’ needs is increasingly apparent. It is a proven strategy cited by industry research and consulting firms, and has delivered results for Macquarie’s Banking and Financial Services Group (BFS), as it modernizes its legacy banking systems.

        • IBM Launches Call For Code For Racial Justice [Ed: IBM trying to flip reality on its head]

          These include Police & Judicial Reform and Accountability; Diverse Representation; and Policy & Legislation Reform.

      • Debian Family

        • Tails 4.12 Anonymous OS Is Out with Linux Kernel 5.8, Latest Tor Updates

          Tails 4.12 is here three weeks after Tails 4.11 and it’s the first release of the Debian-based amnesic incognito live system to ship with the Linux 5.8 kernel series. Of course, the firmware packages have been updated as well to provide users with better newer hardware support, making Tails run on more computers.

          On top of that, Tails is now based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10.6 “Buster” operating system. Tails’ purpose is to keep you safe and protect your privacy when surfing the Internet or accessing various other online services. At its core, the distribution relies on the Tor technologies for anonymous and encrypted communication.

        • Tails 4.12 is out

          This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

        • TrueNAS R-series hyperconverged appliances blend storage and compute

          Today, storage vendor iXsystems is launching a new R-series hyperconverged infrastructure appliance for its TrueNAS product line—and the first alpha release of TrueNAS SCALE, a Debian Linux-based version of the TrueNAS storage distribution.

          The new R-series appliances are designed to run either traditional, FreeBSD-based TrueNAS, or the new Debian-based TrueNAS SCALE. The series launches with four models—all rack-mounted—ranging from the 1U, 16-bay TrueNAS R10 to the up to 12U, 52 bay TrueNAS R50. All four models offer Ethernet connectivity up to dual 100GbE, as well as optional dual 32Gb Fibre Channel and Intel Xeon CPUs. The three larger models are expandable via separate JBOD shelves as well.

        • Petter Reinholdtsen: Buster based Bokmål edition of Debian Administrator’s Handbook

          I am happy to report that we finally made it! Norwegian Bokmål became the first translation published on paper of the new Buster based edition of “The Debian Administrator’s Handbook”. The print proof reading copy arrived some days ago, and it looked good, so now the book is approved for general distribution. This updated paperback edition is available from lulu.com. The book is also available for download in electronic form as PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket, and can also be read online.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Trisquel 9 LTS Finally Released with Download Links, Mirrors and Torrents

          We are pleased to welcome the long awaited Trisquel 9 LTS. This is the free computer operating system for everyone mostly suitable to replace Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOS for daily purposes and server. Codenamed Etiona and based upon stable base Ubuntu 18.04, Trisquel, at Friday 16 October 2020, it announces availability for desktop and server plus for old and modern computers. The new big thing is that now it features a KDE edition called Triskel. This list delivers all the download links plus computer vendors where you can purchase PCs or laptops with Trisquel.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Over 60 Global Organizations Join in Establishing ‘Open Infrastructure Foundation’ to Build the Next Decade of Infrastructure for AI, 5G, Edge
      • OpenStack Foundation Becomes Open Infrastructure Foundation

        The OpenStack Foundation is changing its name to the Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF), a move that mirrors the rebranding of the project’s OpenStack Summit to Open Infrastructure Summit. The changes, according to the press release, reflect “an expansion of the organization’s mission, scope and community to advance open source over the next decade to support open infrastructure.”

        As Frederic Lardinois reports for TechCrunch, the OpenStack project itself, “which helps enterprises run their private cloud, found its niche in the telecom space, though, and continues to thrive as one of the world’s most active open source projects.” Last week, OpenStack released a new major version (called Victoria), which includes more than 20,000 code changes.

      • 10 Years of OpenStack – Ghanshyam Mann at NEC

        Happy 10 years of OpenStack! Millions of cores, 100,000 community members, 10 years of you.

        Storytelling is one of the most powerful means to influence, teach, and inspire the people around us. To celebrate OpenStack’s 10th anniversary, we are spotlighting stories from the individuals in various roles from the community who have helped to make OpenStack and the global Open Infrastructure community successful.

        [...]

        What advice do you have for the Stacker community and other growing open source communities based on your experience with OpenStack?

        I have my team working in different open source communities and discuss daily on how each community works and solves the issue. Based on that, I found the OpenStack community is more open and transparent (our four opens strength). We might not be perfect but we are definitely one of the best open source communities.

        There is no specific advice as such, but I will suggest keep doing the same and never compromise on defined four opens principles.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Firefox 82 Is Released With Four High-Impact Security Fixes

            Mozilla Firefox 82 is faster on websites using flex CSS layout, there’s a new picture-in-picture button that you may or may not find annoying enough to disable and there’s four high-impact and two medium-impact security fixes. There’s no performance improvement in synthetic benchmarks.

          • Firefox 82 Released with Picture-In-Picture Improvements, 17% Faster Session Restore

            Firefox 82 isn’t a major update, but it brings a few enhancements to the Picture-In-Picture mode, which now has a new look and position to make it easier for users to access it and use it when watching videos, and further enhances the Pocket integration by letting users explore new articles when saving a webpage from the Firefox toolbar.

            Most of the improvements in Firefox 82 are under the hood, making the free and open-source web browser more faster on both page loads and start up time. For example, Firefox is now up to 17% faster when restoring a session, and up to 20% faster when loading websites that use flexbox-based layouts.

          • Firefox 83 Enters Beta with HTTPS-Only Mode, WebRender Support for Intel Gen12 GPUs

            Scheduled for release next month on November 17th, the Firefox 83 web browser comes with a new security feature that was supposed to land in a previous version. It’s called HTTPS-Only Mode and will be available in the Privacy & Security tab under Preferences.

            The HTTPS-Only Mode provides a secure and encrypted connection between your web browser and the websites you visit, even if they don’t use HTTPS. While most websites already support HTTPS, when HTTPS-Only Mode is enabled Firefox will upgrade all connections to use HTTPS.

          • Firefox 82 Released with Faster Page Loading, Picture-In-Picture Improvements

            Firefox web browser 82.0 was released today with improved picture-in-picture, faster page loading and start-up time.

          • Coming through with Firefox 82

            As October ushers in the tail-end of the year, we are pushing Firefox 82 out the door. This time around we finally enable support for the Media Session API, provide some new CSS pseudo-selector behaviours, close some security loopholes involving the Window.name property, and provide inspection for server-sent events in our developer tools.

            This blog post provides merely a set of highlights; for all the details, check out the following…

          • Firefox 82 Released With Performance Improvements, Video Playback Enhancements

            Firefox 82.0 is now available as the latest release of Mozilla’s web browser that continues on their expedited release cycles.

            Performance work in Firefox 82.0 includes faster page loads and start-up times. Websites using Flexbox-based layouts should see around a 20% speedup, session restoration should be about 17% quicker, and Windows users see new windows about 10% quicker. WebRender also continues rolling out to more Firefox users.

            Firefox 82 also brings multiple picture-in-picture improvements for video playback, screen reader improvements, security fixes, the MediaSession API is now enabled by default, and other enhancements.

          • Firefox 82.0 and ESR 78.4.0

            Firefox 82.0 has been released, with improvements “that make watching videos more delightful” and improved performance. Firefox ESR 78.4.0 is also available with various stability, functionality, and security fixes. See the release notes (82.0, 78.4.0) for details.

          • Marking issues as regressions

            The Rust project gets many issues filed every day, and we need to keep track of them all to make sure we don’t miss anything. To do that we use GitHub’s issue labels feature, and we need your help to make sure we fix regressions as soon as possible!

            We have many issue labels that help us organize our issues, and we have a few in particular that mark an issue as a regression. These labels will ping a Rust working group called the prioritization working group, whose members will work to determine the severity of an issue and then prioritize it. But, this won’t happen unless someone marks the issue with one of those labels!

          • New Contributors, Firefox 82 – about:community

            With Firefox 82 hot off the byte presses, we are pleased to welcome the developers whose first code contributions shipped in this release, 18 of whom were new volunteers!

          • Defining Data Intuition

            Last week, one of my peers asked me to explain what I meant by “Data Intuition”, and I realized I really didn’t have a good definition. That’s a problem! I refer to data intuition all the time!

            Data intuition is one of the three skills I interview new data scientists for (along with statistics and technical skills). In fact, I just spent the first nine months of 2020 building Mozilla’s data intuition. I’m really surprised to realize I can’t point to a good explanation of what I’m trying to cultivate.

          • Five-Year Moziversary – chuttenblog

            In team news, Georg’s short break turned into the neverending kind as he left Mozilla late last year. We gained Michael Droettboom as our new fearless leader, and from my perspective he seems to be doing quite well at the managery things. Bea and Travis, our two newer team members, have really stepped into their roles well, providing much needed bench depth on Rust and Mobile. And Jan-Erik has taken over leadership of the SDK, freeing up Alessio to think about data collection for Web Extensions.

            2020 is indeed being the Year of Glean on the Desktop with several projects already embedding the now-successful Glean SDK, including our very own mach (Firefox Build Tooling Commandline) and mozregression (Firefox Bug Regression Window Finding Tool). Oh, and Jan-Erik and I’ve spent ten months planning and executing on Project FOG (Firefox on Glean) (maybe you’ve heard of it), on track (more or less) to be able to recommend it for all new data collections by the end of the year.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice Math Guide 7.0 is Published – The Document Foundation Blog

          The Documentation Team is happy to announce the publication of the Math Guide 7.0, the latest update of the guide based on the recently released LibreOffice 7.0, the best open source office suite ever.

          The effort was mostly carried by Rafael Lima and reviewed by Jean H. Weber. The new guide covers were designed by Rizal Mutaqin and Drew Jensen. The final publication was carried by Olivier Hallot.

        • Tender to finish transition of LibreOffice to ODF 1.3 (ODF 1.3 delta) (#202010-01)

          The Document Foundation (TDF) is the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free/libre open source (FLOSS) office suite LibreOffice.

          We are looking for an individual or company to finish transition of LibreOffice to ODF 1.3 (ODF 1.3 delta).

        • The Document Foundation Is Looking To Finish ODF 1.3 Support In LibreOffice – Phoronix

          The ODF 1.3 Open Document Format specification was approved by the OASIS Committee at the start of the year and now as we approach the end of the year The Document Foundation is hoping to see ODF 1.3 support completed soon for this leading open-source office suite.

          The Document Foundation is now soliciting bids from developers / third-party firms to finish up the ODF 1.3 document support in LibreOffice.

      • CMS

        • News – WordPress 5.6 Beta 1 – WordPress.org

          WordPress 5.6 Beta 1 is now available for testing!

          This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site.

          [...]

          The current target for final release is December 8, 2020. This is just seven weeks away, so your help is needed to ensure this release is tested properly.

      • Programming/Development

        • Git’s move away from SHA-1: Version 2.29 brings experimental SHA-256 support

          The latest version of Linus Torvalds’ Git version-control system brings experimental support for the SHA-256 cryptographic hash, moving it away from its reliance on the less safe SHA-1.

          Google and other researchers in 2017 showed that the SHAttered SHA-1 collision attack made it cheaper than previously thought to cause a SHA-1 collision. That is, when two files, in that case two PDFs with different content, were represented by the same SHA-1 hash value.

        • 9 Benefits of Laravel Framework for Cost-Effective Web Development – LinuxTechLab

          The success of any business depends on its ability to work quickly and with high quality. Nowadays, business development is so fast that many companies simply can’t keep up and leave the race.

          Thus, every business needs a framework that can handle the desirable high speed of work. Laravel is among such frameworks. Let’s find out what Laravel is and what the benefits of the Laravel framework for business are.

        • COBOL’s Enduring Usefulness and Digital Transformation

          These days, it’s difficult to imagine anything untouched by disruptive change, and the same applies to our IT systems. Regardless of the current setting, there are certain critical systems that simply cannot afford to fail. These are the systems that deliver too much value for organizations to be ripped out and replaced. In most cases, a business has made substantial investments in their systems over time, including the development of additional IP and processes to support it. These core systems continue to enable real benefits, and ripping them out and starting from scratch has the potential to put critical revenue at risk.

        • New Training Course Provides a Deep Dive Into Node.js Services Development

          The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the availability of a new training course, LFW212 – Node.js Services Development.

        • Qt 6.0 Beta Released

          There is a huge number of things to talk about when it comes to the features and functionality of Qt 6.0, so I will leave this to the multiple detailed blog posts about Qt 6.0. We have already published many blog posts about all the cool things Qt 6.0 provides, and will continue to publish more blog posts throughout the year. In the upcoming Qt World Summit Online we have lined up many interesting talks about Qt 6.0, so please join to hear more.

        • Qt 6.0 Beta Released For This Big Toolkit Update – Phoronix

          Qt 6 drops Qt Script, temporarily removes Qt Multimedia/Bluetooth/Virtual-Keyboard modules until later Qt6 releases, introduces a major overhaul to their graphics architecture to better support Vulkan and other modern graphics APIs like Metal and Direct3D 12, various other 3D improvements, next-generation QML, various tooling improvements, updated host/platform support, and more.

          Going from Qt5 to Qt6 should mean much less breakage and changes compared to the prior Qt4 to Qt5 transition. Qt 6 adoption though likely won’t tick up until well into 2021 or even 2022 with the first long-term support release not being until Qt 6.2 LTS and due to time/resource constraints several modules not being ported in time for Qt 6.0 but coming later.

          More details on today’s Qt 6.0 Beta via Qt.io.

        • Python

          • Getting Started With MicroPython – Real Python

            Are you interested in the Internet of Things, home automation, and connected devices? If so, then you’re in luck! In this course, you’ll learn about MicroPython and the world of electronics hardware. You’ll set up your board, write your code, and deploy a MicroPython project to your own device.

          • Python: Check Index of an Item in a List

            In this article we’ll take a look at examples of how to get the index of an element in a list with the index() function, for finding the first, last, and all occurrences of an element.

          • Test & Code : Python Testing for Software Engineering 135: Speeding up Django Test Suites

            All test suites start fast. But as you grow your set of tests, each test adds a little bit of time to the suite.
            What can you do about it to keep test suites fast?
            Some things, like parallelization, are applicable to many domains.
            What about, for instance, Django applications?
            Well, Adam Johnson has thought about it a lot, and is here to tell us how we can speed up our Django test suites.

          • PyCoder’s Weekly | Issue #443
          • Python Morsels: Variables are pointers

            Variables in Python are not buckets that contain things, but pointers: variables point to objects.

  • Leftovers

    • Glück Glück Glück

      They say what they want Is law and order — Either pleonasm or oxymoron — Though, really, they only want order By which they mean murder

      And some folks believe That a murder of crows Should henceforth be known As crow crews

    • Hardware

      • Intel: replace thermal compound “every few years”

        Thermal compound (sometimes called thermal paste or grease) is applied to fill minuscule gaps in the materials in the heat spreader (the metal covering on top of the processor) and the heatsink. Eliminating these gaps is essential to ensuring efficient heat transfer into the heatsink.

        The thermal compound that is used in your computer generally won’t go bad or degrade in its useful lifespan. It will get displaced over time, however. You’d need higher temperatures than what you’ll typically find in a computer for other failure modes to come into effect.

        The displacement is caused by thermal cycling that results in an effect known as “thermally induced pump-out.” As the components heat up and cool down, the processors’ heat spreader (its metal top) and the heatsink will expand and contract. This effect will, over time, pump the thermal compound out from in between the two metal plates. You can find illustrations and a more technical explanation in the source links below.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Videoconferencing Malware, Vizom, Discovered [Ed: Wrong. Zoom itself is malware and they admit having back doors.]

            It was probably only a matter of time before the cyber attackers hit videoconferencing software in 2020. Apps such as Zoom had a bona fide boon this year because of the world health crisis. Researchers discovered a new form of malware that uses remote overlay attacks to hit Brazilian bank account holders who use videoconferencing software.

            [...]

            Phishing campaigns spread Vizom, disguising it as Zoom. Once the malware accesses a Windows computer, it hits the AppData directory to start infecting the system. Using DLL hijacking, it tries to force malicious DLLs to be loaded, using names the attackers believe are on the software directories for the Delphi-based variants.

          • Combating abuse in Matrix – without backdoors.

            Last Sunday, the UK Government published an international statement on end-to-end encryption and public safety, co-signed by representatives from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan. The statement is well written and well worth a read in full, but the central point is this:

            We call on technology companies to [...] enable law enforcement access to content in a readable and usable format where an authorisation is lawfully issued, is necessary and proportionate, and is subject to strong safeguards and oversight.

            In other words, this is an explicit request from seven of the biggest governments in the world to mandate a backdoor in end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) communication services: a backdoor to which the authorities have a secret key, letting them view communication on demand. This is big news, and is of direct relevance to Matrix as an end-to-end encrypted communication protocol whose core team is currently centred in the UK.

            Now, we sympathise with the authorities’ predicament here: we utterly abhor child abuse, terrorism, fascism and similar – and we did not build Matrix to enable it. However, trying to mitigate abuse with backdoors is, unfortunately, fundamentally flawed.

          • Security updates for Tuesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (python-flask-cors), Fedora (kleopatra, nextcloud, and phpMyAdmin), Gentoo (ark, libjpeg-turbo, libraw, and libxml2), openSUSE (bind, kernel, php7, and transfig), Red Hat (kernel, kernel-alt, kernel-rt, rh-python36, virt:8.1 and virt-devel:8.1, and virt:8.2 and virt-devel:8.2), and Ubuntu (collabtive, freetype, linux, linux-hwe, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-oem, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, linux-snapdragon, and linux-oem-osp1, linux-raspi2-5.3).

          • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 161 released

            The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 161. This version includes the following changes:

            [ Chris Lamb ]
            * Fix failing testsuite: (Closes: #972518)
              - Update testsuite to support OCaml 4.11.1. (Closes: #972518)
              - Reapply Black and bump minimum version to 20.8b1.
            * Move the OCaml tests to the assert_diff helper.
            
            [ Jean-Romain Garnier ]
            * Add support for radare2 as a disassembler.
            
            [ Paul Spooren ]
            * Automatically deploy Docker images in the continuous integration pipeline.
            

          • Google Patches Bug Used in Active Attacks Against Chrome

            Google has discovered and patched a serious vulnerability in Chrome that attackers are actively exploiting at the moment.
            The bug is a high-severity heap buffer overflow in FreeType, a free font-rendering engine that Chrome, among many other projects, uses. A member of Google’s Project Zero vulnerability research team discovered the vulnerability and subsequently found that attackers were already exploiting it. Google patched the flaw in Chrome 86.0.4240.111 for desktop browsers and the maintainers of the FreeType Project pushed out an emergency release of the library to fix it, as well.
            “I’ve just fixed a heap buffer overflow that can happen for some malformed .ttf files with PNG sbit glyphs. It seems that this vulnerability gets already actively used in the wild, so I ask all users to apply the corresponding commit as soon as possible,” Werner Lemberg, one of the original authors of the FreeType, said in an email to the FreeType announcement mailing list.

          • FreeType 2.10.4 Rushed Out As Emergency Security Release

            The FreeType text rendering library is out with version 2.10.4 today as an important security update.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Migrating away from Google services

              My inbox tells me I started using GMail around 2004. The oldest mail I can find in my archive is from 16 years ago. After Gmail, Google Photos, Keep, Docs, Drive and Fit followed.

              I have reasons to stop. Whether your reasons are privacy, the U.S. as a data harbor, GMail becoming sluggish, karma for killing Inbox, fear about getting your account locked, or you found a better email provider, the objective of this post is not to convince you about my reasons but to help you with a migration plan and showing you alternatives.

              Breaking the dependency on Google services is really hard. This dependency was a showstopper and motivator at the same time. If you are locked-in at this level, something is wrong.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Hawkins Files Communications Act Violation with FCC to Order Rush Limbaugh to Provide 2 hours of Equal Time

        Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for President, has filed a formal complaint under the Communications Act seeking equal time on the syndicated radio show of Rush Limbaugh.

        Rush Limbaugh conducted a 2-hour “radio rally” for Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump on The Rush Limbaugh Show.

        Hawkins had previously contact Mr. Limbaugh seeking equal time but has not received a response.

        Hawkins said he wants equal time to speak to Limbaugh listeners because many live in media markets where the only news/talk commercial radio station features arch-conservative programming 24 hours a day.

        “Limbaugh’s audience deserves to understand that it is me, not Biden, who is the democratic socialist in this race. It is me, not Biden, who supports Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. Limbaugh’s listeners also deserve to hear my responses to Trump’s claims about Covid-19, so-called fake news, mail-in ballots, Black Lives Matter, immigration, fracking, and the economy,” said Hawkins.

      • Howie Hawkins To Campaign with independent Green Senate candidate Lisa Savage in Maine on Wednesday

        U.S. Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins will be in Maine on Wednesday and will have some availability for press interviews alongside independent Green U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Savage.

        Hawkins, and his running mate Angela Walker, are on the ballot in 30 states representing 73% of voters and 381 electoral votes. Including the other states where they are qualified write-in candidates, 96% of Americans, representing 514 of the total of 538 electoral votes, will be able to vote for the Hawkins/Walker Green Party ticket.

        Most significantly, Maine is awarding its electoral votes this election based on ranked-choice voting, which ensures voters can cast ballots for the candidate they like most without invoking the myth a third-party candidate is “spoiling” an electoral win for a corporate-party candidate.

        “There are no states safe from the predatory corporate duopoly,” Hawkins said. “Every state is a battleground. Every state is under economic and environmental assault from the two governing parties. Maine is no exception and I’m excited to be campaigning along with Lisa on platforms that Mainers deserve and need.”

      • Frank Morano’s exclusive interview with Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins – 77 WABC
      • Why Vote Green? – The Jimmy Dore Show
    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The New Humanitarian | Lake Van: An overlooked and deadly migration route to Turkey and Europe

        Numbers of Afghans entering Turkey from Iran and then trying to reach Greece have soared in recent years, but many don’t survive the journey.

        [...]

        During that time, Turkey’s policies towards people fleeing conflict, especially Afghans, have hardened. As the number of Afghans crossing the border from Iran increased, Turkey cut back on protections and accelerated efforts to apprehend and deport those entering irregularly. In 2019, the Turkish government deported nearly 23,000 Afghans from the country, according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA.

        Early on, travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus appeared to reduce the number of people entering Turkey irregularly. But seven months on, the pandemic is worsening the problems that push people to migrate. The economic crisis in Iran has only intensified, and the head of the UN’s migration agency, IOM, in Afghanistan has warned that COVID-19-induced lockdowns have “amplified the effects of the conflict”.

      • Abbie Hoffman: the Man at Gate 5

        Abbie Hoffman was a co-founder of the Youth International Party – or Yippies – whose semi-serious political antics dotted the political landscape of the sixties.

        And Hoffman was a co-defendant in the Chicago 7 trial, one of the most important political trials of the sixties. Originally there were eight defendants, but Black Panther Bobby Seale’s trial was severed after Seale repeatedly disrupted proceedings when he wasn’t allowed to choose his own lawyer, and after he was bound to a chair and gagged in the courtroom.

    • Monopolies

      • Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

        oday, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.

        “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people,” said Attorney General William Barr. “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized the Department’s review of online market-leading platforms to ensure that our technology industries remain competitive. This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s grip over the internet for millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist.”

      • Mozilla Reaction to U.S. v. Google

        Like millions of everyday internet users, we share concerns about how Big Tech’s growing power can deter innovation and reduce consumer choice. We believe that scrutiny of these issues is healthy, and critical if we’re going to build a better internet. We also know from firsthand experience there is no overnight solution to these complex issues. Mozilla’s origins are closely tied to the last major antitrust case against Microsoft in the nineties.

        In this new lawsuit, the DOJ referenced Google’s search agreement with Mozilla as one example of Google’s monopolization of the search engine market in the United States. Small and independent companies such as Mozilla thrive by innovating, disrupting and providing users with industry leading features and services in areas like search. The ultimate outcomes of an antitrust lawsuit should not cause collateral damage to the very organizations – like Mozilla – best positioned to drive competition and protect the interests of consumers on the web.

      • DOJ May Force Google To Sell Chrome To Settle Antitrust Case: Report

        he U.S. Department of Justice may force Google to sell its Chrome browser. The development came after the US Congress’ antitrust report on big tech companies.

        It is also told that the DOJ is targeting Google’s advertising business as well. The prosecutors aim at breaking Google’s monopoly on the $162 billion digital advertising market. Politico reported the development via anonymous sources.

      • The Evolution of IP Management [Ed: Admitting patents are just fences and not innovation as it's all about monopoly and making competition a crime]

        Patents were either used to build a fence around a product or seek to avoid stepping into another firm’s fenced territory. This made the invalidation of patents or the filing of oppositions to someone else’s patents a principal activity of patent professionals.

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • When the State is an Involuntary Plaintiff[Ed: Dennis Crouch is wrong. Patents are not "rights".]

            The usual rule is that a patent infringement lawsuit cannot proceed unless the patentee — i.e., the patent owner — is a plaintiff. And, in a normal lawsuit being a plaintiff is voluntary business. However, our rules of civil procedure do also call for “involuntary plaintiffs.”

            [...]

            35 U.S.C. 281. The petition mentions that on remand it will be able to raise this issue and dismiss the case since Gensetix is not a “patentee.” The FedCir has held that exclusive assignees can be considered a patentee if they have “all substantial rights” to the patent. In this case, Gensetix originally argued that it had all substantial rights, but now admits that it does not. Thus on remand this may become a standing issue.

Never Feed the Internet Trolls, No Matter How Tempting It Becomes

Posted in Deception at 9:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Old wisdom regarding Internet trolls is still applicable

JK Rowling: I'll respond to this troll. Shouldn't have. It was a trap.

Summary: The tactics for removing critics of abuse (by framing them as “abusive”) have evolved a lot in recent years; the best course of action is to never entertain provocateurs in any way whatsoever (just ignore them, give them no attention which they crave and feed on)

ABOUT 15 years ago I fed a really malicious troll (impersonator spreading libel using my own name) who had attempted to provoke me (and did). I then learned never to fall for their traps, designed (sometimes) to solicit a rude response, which can later be presented out of context and perhaps further distorted. When the media is in the business of selling ads and serving media barons, clickbait and ‘cancel culture’ are Big Business. This means that media oftentimes sides with Internet trolls and offers them a platform. It’s not journalism, it’s just "business"

“Call it “digital blasphemy” or whatever; the net effect is less speech online — for particular expressions of opinion/fact become impermissible — and the erosion of free speech erodes software freedom as well (in the digital realm).”Now, in the context of Free software, there are similar types of traps. Sometimes people are lured into making remarks that can be spun as bigoted, racist, slanderous, chauvinistic and so on. There are several ways to work around these traps and desperate trolls go crazy when those traps are evaded, only to be repeatedly set up/attempted. Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds have already fallen (or have been tricked into falling) down particular traps.

15 years ago I stopped responding to trolls (completely) and years later I stopped leaving comments in other sites, seeing that some people forged comments, posting them using my name (to incite people, to get these attributed to me and cause anger).

Locked by TwitterThese nasty tactics were used repeatedly against Wikileaks, and against Julian Assange in particular. So-called ‘satirical’ accounts with Assange’s names were cited even by the BBC as though they were Assange’s own (e.g. claiming he never takes a shower). Haven’t we seen that all before? There are further traps these days designed to paint people as anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic and so on. People who aren’t careful enough can easily fall into these traps without realising it. The “pronoun politics” aren’t even well understood by most people; so any attempt to refer to people by name (or a gendered word) is a potential risk. Always refer to people by their role and employer, not their name (or pronoun of choice). It’s a lot safer when people opportunistically attempt to distort of mischaracterise underlying motivations of criticism (e.g. of corruption, intolerance, war and so on).

In a healthier Internet it would also be possible to point out that someone changed a name used online (without getting abruptly suspended). It’s a bit of an extension of the “War on Words” (wherein one gets in trouble for using rather innocuous words that might — somehow — “offend” somebody). Call it “digital blasphemy” or whatever; the net effect is less speech online — for particular expressions of opinion/fact become impermissible — and the erosion of free speech erodes software freedom as well (in the digital realm).

Bill Gates: “I’m Not a Lawyer” (He Dropped Out of College, Where He Studied Law Before and After Breaking the Law Chronically)

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, Deception, Hardware, Law, Microsoft at 8:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Wikipedia on IANAL

Summary: How Microsoft blackmailed other companies into supporting nothing but Microsoft and Windows; Bill Gates repeatedly lied to the interrogators about it, then said “I’m not a lawyer” (IANAL) even though he went to college to become one, just like his father who died last month

THE Bill Gates deposition contained the following bit, which in retrospect sheds a lot of light on current affairs.

How so? Read on: (we’ve also highlighted the “I’m not a lawyer” part and it’s mostly about Intel)


1 Q Did you ask Intel to keep you apprised
2 of what software work Intel was doing?
3 A I think I made that request in vein on
4 several occasions, nothing ever came of it.
5 Q Is it your testimony that they refused
6 to keep you apprised of the software work they were
7 doing?
8 A No. I just said to them that if they
9 would -- whatever software work they were doing that
10 was intended to help Windows, they should talk to us
11 about it early on if they wanted to have the highest
12 probability that it would, in fact, achieve that
13 goal.
14 And unfortunately, we never achieved
15 that result; that is, they would do things related to
16 Windows that without talking to us in advance, and
17 then once they had done the work, there would be some
18 incompatibilities between what they had done and
19 Windows itself.
20 Q When is the last time that you asked
21 Intel to keep you apprised of what software work they
22 were doing?
23 A I'm not sure.
24 Q Approximately when?
25 A I don't know.
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1 Q Was it within the last year?
2 A I don't know.
3 Q Was it within the last two years?
4 A I honestly don't know.
5 Q Was it within the last three years?
6 A There's probably one instance where I
7 asked them to tell us about things they were doing
8 related to Windows.
9 Q Did you or others, to your knowledge,
10 from Microsoft tell Intel that if Intel began to
11 compete with Microsoft, Microsoft would be forced to
12 begin to compete with Intel?
13 A No.
14 Q Not at all, sir; never said that in
15 words or in substance?
16 A No.
17 Q To your knowledge did anyone else from
18 Microsoft ever say that?
19 A I'm not aware of anybody saying that.
20 Q If anybody had said that, would you
21 consider that to be inconsistent with company policy?
22 MR. HEINER: Objection.
23 THE WITNESS: I'm confused. Intel and
24 Microsoft are not in the same businesses, so there's
25 no policy about one of our people suggesting that
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1 we're going to go into the chip business.
2 Q BY MR. BOIES: Was it part of what you
3 wanted to accomplish, Mr. Gates, to be to keep Intel
4 and Microsoft in separate businesses?
5 A No.
6 Q Did you ever take any action intended
7 to accomplish that?
8 A No.
9 Q Did you or, to your knowledge, anyone
10 from Microsoft ever tell people at Intel that
11 Microsoft would hold up support for Intel's
12 microprocessors if Intel didn't cooperate with
13 Microsoft in areas that Microsoft wanted Intel's
14 cooperation in?
15 A When we saw Intel doing the low quality
16 work that was creating incompatibilities in Windows
17 that served absolutely no Intel goal, we suggested to
18 Intel that that should change. And it became
19 frustrating to us because it was a long period of
20 time where they kept doing work that we thought,
21 although it was intended to be positive in the
22 Windows environment, it was actually negative. And
23 we did point out the irony of how while we seemed to
24 communicate with them on microprocessor issues and
25 yet they seemed on the areas where they were trying
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1 to enhance Windows that the communication worked very
2 poorly.
3 Q Did you or others on behalf of
4 Microsoft tell Intel that Microsoft would hold up
5 support for Intel's microprocessors if Intel did not
6 cooperate with Microsoft?
7 A No.
8 Q No one ever told Intel that, to your
9 knowledge?
10 A That's right.
11 Q Let me see if I can refresh your
12 recollection.
13 Did you or anyone from Microsoft ever
14 tell Intel representatives that Microsoft would hold
15 up support for Intel's microprocessors if Intel
16 didn't cooperate with Microsoft on the Internet?
17 A No.
18 Q Did you or anyone from Microsoft ever
19 tell representatives of Intel that Intel would not
20 cooperate -- that if Intel would not cooperate with
21 Microsoft on communications programs, Microsoft would
22 hold up support for Intel's microprocessors?
23 A No.
24 Q Did you or to your knowledge anyone
25 from Microsoft ever tell Intel that you wanted Intel
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1 to reduce its support of Netscape?
2 MR. HEINER: Objection.
3 THE WITNESS: It's very likely that our
4 sales force that calls on Intel as a software
5 customer talked to them about their web site and
6 their browsers. And they may have tried to convince
7 them to use our browser in terms of their internal
8 efforts. It's kind of a knit, but I think it's
9 possible.
10 Q Did you, Mr. Gates, ever yourself try
11 to get Intel to reduce its support of Netscape?
12 A I'm not aware of any work that Intel
13 did in supporting Netscape. They may have used their
14 browser internally or one of their server things, but
15 that's -- that's not really support. So I'm not sure
16 of any support they were giving to Netscape.
17 Q You may mean that to answer my
18 question, but I want to be clear.
19 It is your testimony that you're not
20 aware of any instance where you asked anybody at
21 Intel to reduce the support that Intel was providing
22 to Netscape; is that your testimony?
23 A No. I may have asked -- I may -- and I
24 don't remember it -- but I may have talked to them
25 about their internal browser use. I don't think so,
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1 but I may have. And I may have talked to them about
2 their web servers and what they were using, but I
3 don't think so.
4 MR. HEINER: We would like to take one
5 last break here at some point, and we'll go through
6 until 4:00.
7 MR. BOIES: Okay.
8 MR. HEINER: Okay.
9 THE VIDEOGRAPHER: The time is 3:26.
10 We're going off the record.
11 (Recess.)
12 THE VIDEOGRAPHER: The time is 3:36.
13 We're going back on the record.
14 Q BY MR. BOIES: Mr. Gates, you're
15 familiar with a company called RealNetworks, are you
16 not?
17 A Yes.
18 Q Did you ever have any discussions with
19 any representative of RealNetworks concerning what
20 products RealNetworks should or should not offer or
21 distribute?
22 A No.
23 Q Microsoft signed two contracts with
24 RealNetworks, did it not, sir?
25 A I have no idea. I thought it was one.
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1 Q RealNetworks was previously called
2 Progressive Networks; correct, sir?
3 A Right.
4 Q In the contract or contracts, if there
5 was more than one, between Microsoft and
6 RealNetworks, was there any restriction on what
7 services RealNetworks could provide to competitors of
8 Microsoft?
9 A I've never looked at those contracts.
10 Q Did you participate at all in those
11 contracts either the negotiation of those contracts
12 or discussions concerning those contracts prior to
13 the time they were entered into?
14 A I knew that Muglia and Maritz were
15 talking with Progressive about some kind of deal, but
16 I didn't know what was in the deal.
17 Q Did you know anything about what was in
18 the deal?
19 A I knew there was an investment piece.
20 I knew there was some code licensing in it. That's
21 about all.
22 Q At the time that Microsoft was
23 negotiating the contract or contracts with
24 RealNetworks -- and I'll refer to it as RealNetworks
25 even though at the time it was referred to as
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1 Progressive Networks -- did you consider that company
2 to be a competitor of Microsoft?
3 A Not -- I think I was confused about
4 what RealNetworks -- what their plans were, and I
5 wasn't sure if they were a competitor or not.
6 Q Was there a time when you did become
7 convinced that they were a competitor?
8 A Yes.
9 Q When was that?
10 A When Rob Glaser appeared in Washington,
11 D.C.
12 Q To testify before a Congressional
13 committee?
14 A Senate, yes.
15 Q What led you to conclude from
16 Mr. Glaser's testimony that RealNetworks was a
17 competitor of Microsoft?
18 A It was nothing in his testimony.
19 Q Why did you become convinced at the
20 time of his testimony that RealNetworks was a
21 competitor of Microsoft?
22 A Well, because he went out of his way to
23 lie about us, I sort of thought, "Hum, he must be a
24 competitor."
25 Q When you say he went out of his way to
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1 lie about you, when was that?
2 A That was at the press interview
3 surrounding the testimony -- maybe the testimony
4 itself, I'm not sure. I've never seen a transcript.
5 Q Did you ever personally have a
6 conversation with Mr. Glaser about his business?
7 A A long, long time ago when Rob was just
8 getting started I think there was one meeting that I
9 had with Rob. I haven't met with him since then.
10 Q Was that meeting before or after the
11 contract between RealNetworks and Microsoft that you
12 say that you know about?
13 A If you mean the contract where we
14 invested in Progressive, it was years before it and
15 not at all related to it.
16 Q When was the contract in which you
17 invested in Progressive Networks or RealNetworks?
18 A I'm not sure. I'd guess it's about a
19 year ago.
20 Q Did you have a conversation with
21 Mr. Glaser a few days after that agreement was
22 signed?
23 A Now that you ask me that, maybe I did.
24 Maybe I did. I think we may have had a short
25 meeting.
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1 Q And did you in that meeting tell
2 Mr. Glaser in words or in substance how you thought
3 he should limit his business?
4 A Absolutely not.
5 Q Not in any way, sir?
6 A Not in any way.
7 Q Did you tell him he ought to get out of
8 the base streaming media platform business?
9 A No.
10 Q Did anyone ever tell you that
11 Mr. Glaser had said he would get out of the base
12 streaming media platform business?
13 A No.
14 Q Did Mr. Maritz ever tell you that
15 Mr. Glaser's stated plan was that he would get out of
16 the base streaming media platform business?
17 A As far as I know, we didn't know what
18 Rob's plans were.
19 Q Did you ever try to find out what those
20 plans were, sir?
21 A No.
22 Q Were those plans important to you?
23 A To me personally? No.
24 Q Were they important to Microsoft?
25 A On a relative basis, I'd say no.
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1 Q Well, I suppose on a relative basis a
2 business as big as Microsoft, I don't know what would
3 be important, but --
4 A I can tell you.
5 Q -- but on a non-relative basis?
6 A I can tell --
7 Q Yes. Tell me what would be important
8 to Microsoft on a relative basis.
9 A Improvements in Windows, improvements
10 in Office, breakthroughs in research, breakthroughs
11 in Back Office.
12 Q How about browsers? On a relative
13 basis would that be important -- was that important
14 to Microsoft?
15 A To the degree it relates to Windows,
16 yes.
17 Q What about Java or Java runtime? Was
18 that on a relative basis important to Microsoft?
19 A To the degree it related to Windows,
20 yes.
21 Q Let me ask you to look at a document
22 that we have marked Government Exhibit 379. This
23 purports to be an e-mail from Paul Maritz. You are
24 not shown on this as receiving a copy. The portion
25 I'm particularly interested in is the last full
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1 paragraph that says, quote,
2 "Rob's stated plan is that
3 he will get out of the base streaming
4 media platform business, and focus on
5 higher level solutions, hosting, and
6 content aggregation, and says that
7 his goal is now to get us to get his
8 base technology as widespread as
9 possible," close quote.
10 Do you see that?
11 A Uh-huh.
12 (The document referred to was marked as
13 Government Exhibit 379 for identification and is
14 attached hereto.)
15 Q BY MR. BOIES: Did anyone ever tell
16 you, as Mr. Maritz writes here, that Mr. Glaser had
17 said that his stated plan was that he would get out
18 of the base streaming media platform business?
19 A No.
20 Q Did you or, to your knowledge, anyone
21 from Microsoft ever tell Mr. Glaser that he should
22 get out of the base streaming media platform
23 business?
24 A No.
25 Q Okay.
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1 You are aware, are you not, sir, that
2 one of the issues in this case is the extent to which
3 operating systems and browsers are or are not
4 separate products?
5 MR. HEINER: Objection.
6 Mischaracterizes the allegations of the complaint, I
7 believe.
8 MR. BOIES: Well, if the witness tells
9 me that he doesn't think that's an issue in the case,
10 he can so tell me.
11 THE WITNESS: I'm not a lawyer, so I
12 think it's very strange for me to opine on what's an
13 issue in the case. As far as I know, the issues in
14 the case are not -- are something that you decide,
15 and I don't claim to have any expertise at all.
16 Q BY MR. BOIES: And if you don't know,
17 that's okay. But one of the things that I want to
18 understand from you is whether your understanding,
19 which is important to my next line of questions, is
20 that the issue of whether or not browsers are or are
21 not a separate product from the operating system is
22 in this case.
23 MR. HEINER: Objection. What operating
24 system? What browsers? You referred to "the
25 operating system."
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1 MR. BOIES: You want me to stop. All
2 right. I --
3 MR. HEINER: No. I want you to ask the
4 question but with specific specificity.
5 MR. BOIES: I've asked the question.
6 If he says he doesn't understand this question,
7 again, we put it down and then it's there for people
8 to look at later.
9 MR. HEINER: That's fine. You can do
10 that. And I, as his counsel, can pose an objection.
11 MR. BOIES: Yeah. But you can't pose
12 questions to me particularly when you're trying to
13 get the witness out at 4:00.
14 MR. HEINER: I can.
15 MR. BOIES: Not questions to me.
16 Q Mr. Gates -- you can put in an
17 objection, I'm not trying to keep you from putting in
18 an objection.
19 Mr. Gates, do you understand that the
20 issue of whether or not browsers are a separate
21 product or are not a separate product from the
22 operating system is an issue in this case?
23 A I don't consider myself someone who
24 could say if that's an issue in this case or not.
25 Q Have you participated in any way in
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1 trying to get Microsoft personnel to use language
2 that would suggest that browsers and operating
3 systems are not separate products?
4 A I have no idea what you mean by that.
5 Q Well, have you seen e-mails that urge
6 people within Microsoft not to talk about browsers as
7 if they were separate from the operating system?
8 A I don't recall seeing any such e-mail.
9 Q Are you aware of any anybody within
10 Microsoft who has asserted, either in an e-mail or
11 otherwise, that people ought to not talk about
12 browsers as if they were separate from the operating
13 system?
14 A I don't remember any such e-mail.
15 Q Has Microsoft tried to get companies to
16 agree to statements that Internet Explorer comprises
17 part of the operating system of Windows 95 and
18 Windows 98?
19 A I know it's a true statement, but I'm
20 not aware of us doing anything to try to get anyone
21 else to endorse the statement.
22 Q You're not aware of any effort by
23 Microsoft to get non-Microsoft companies to endorse
24 the statement that Internet Explorer comprises part
25 of the operating system of Windows; is that what
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1 you're saying?
2 A I'm not aware of such efforts.
3 Q Do you know whether Microsoft has made
4 any efforts to include language like that in any of
5 its license agreements?
6 A No, I don't.
7 Q Do you know why Microsoft might do
8 that?
9 MR. HEINER: Objection.
10 THE WITNESS: I'm not sure.
11 Q BY MR. BOIES: Do you recognize that
12 OEMs have a need to acquire the Windows operating
13 system that Microsoft licenses?
14 A What do you mean by OEM? Is it a
15 tautology because of the way you're defining it?
16 Q Well, if you take IBM and Compaq and
17 Dell, Gateway and some other companies, those are
18 commonly referred to as OEMs or PC manufacturers;
19 correct, sir?
20 A No. The term "OEM" would be quite a
21 bit broader than that. OEMs used means original
22 equipment manufacturer.
23 Q I see.
24 And does OEM have a specialized meaning
25 in your business to refer to people that supply
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1 personal computers?
2 A No. It usually means our licensees.
3 Q And do your licensees, in part, supply
4 personal computers, sir?
5 A Some of our licensees.
6 Q The licensees to whom you license
7 Windows are suppliers of personal computers, are they
8 not, sir?
9 A If you exclude Windows CE and depending
10 on how you talk about workstations and servers.
11 Q So that if we can get on common ground,
12 the licensees for Windows 95 and Windows 98 would be
13 companies that you would recognize as personal
14 computer manufacturers; is that correct?
15 A Yeah. Almost all the licensees of
16 Windows 95 and Windows 98 are personal computer
17 manufacturers. Some are not, but the overwhelming
18 majority are.

Years later Gates said he was on a "Jihad" against Intel's support for Linux (apparently it's perfectly OK for a self-described "philanthropist" to speak like that). How little has changed since…

Microsoft Has Not Changed Since Being Investigated (and Prosecuted) for Crimes at a Federal Level

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, Deception, Microsoft at 8:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“This anti-trust thing will blow over. We haven’t changed our business practices at all.”

Bill Gates

1000000 questions in a row: Corporate media

Summary: The media keeps telling us a bunch of worthless junk about Gates “saving the world” and Microsoft becoming a “nice” and “gentle” (or “soft”) company, but nothing could be further from the truth

THE timing of the Bill Gates deposition series seems apt. Microsoft is committing the very same crimes, as noted for instance a few days ago in this article (publisher infiltrated by Bill Gates some years ago, to the point where they removed Gates critics):

The Verge on Vista 10

People who insist that Microsoft has changed often turn out to be receiving Microsoft’s money (like Deb Icaza at OSI for instance). Those who claim that “GAFA” is the real problem have successfully been indoctrinated by the worst abuser out there. With the Linux Foundation thoroughly bribed as well as infiltrated, nowadays we see the same in the OSI, which took Microsoft’s bribes about a year afterwards.

“In the coming days we’ll continue unearthing more old stuff from the antitrust days (before the concept of antitrust became eternally fossilised).”We’re not exactly optimistic about the whole thing. Microsoft and Gates keep corrupting their competitors and critics. Like the cult they are, they accept nothing but their own way and the concept of competition isn’t tolerated. In the coming days we’ll continue unearthing more old stuff from the antitrust days (before the concept of antitrust became eternally fossilised).

Stick a Fork in the Open Source Initiative (OSI). OSI is Dead. Microsoft Bought OSI.

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, OSI at 12:00 pm by Guest Editorial Team

No wonder the GM (the only salaried employee of the OSI) and both OSI co-founders stepped down this year (one was even banned by the existing leadership)

OSI infiltrated

Summary: OSI leadership proudly showing early signs of ‘prognosis negative’; the OSI can never and will never recover from this; Microsoft killed it

THE OSI is infiltrated and it is infiltrated very rapidly. The company which stands to gain the most from the OSI’s death is leading the charge, obviously while totally distorting the brand. It did this in many institutions before, so this is just the latest.

“This would only be considered “news” or an “emergency” if we hadn’t already pointed it out before.”The writings were really on the wall when the Microsoft-led OpenJS entered OSI (same person who’s now in the management above Linus Torvalds, salaried solely by Microsoft).

“The .NET Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization,” says this new press release from the OSI; it makes it sound like Microsoft is a charity or something…

Not funny.

Maybe they think the same about Bill Gates with his tax evasion apparatus.

This would only be considered “news” or an “emergency” if we hadn’t already pointed it out before. Notice who’s quoted in the press release above (screenshot from RSS feeds). It’s akin to the Linux Foundation boss of Linus Torvalds, who wants to throw Linux into GitHub (proprietary and Microsoft-controlled).

OSI used to help people get away from Microsoft. Now working for .NET. For Microsoft…

Stick a fork in OSI. GitHub and Microsoft are paying them (basically the same company via several vectors) and ClearlyDefined (another arm of Microsoft) now receives a majority of the OSI’s budget, so the money basically flows back to the giver, reinforcing the monopoly. Nice racket you got there… a cost-free entryism campaign (that funds itself, at the expense of other OSI sponsors).

That’s what OSI does these days. It helps proprietary software monopolies. Their president, working for Salesforce, is quoted above as saying: “I’d personally like to enthusiastically welcome the .NET Foundation to the OSI’s community of open source practitioners. Organizations that support developers by fostering growth, learning and shared resources are the future of open source. I think it’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to learning from each other.”

So OSI works for Microsoft now… “enthusiastically”… and the interim new GM, Deb Nicholson, whose accomplishment at the SFC was raising Microsoft money every year to sell them a keynote speech at copyleft conferences (whilst SFC worked hard to oust Richard Stallman), is the person whose name appears as “Author” of the press release.

The term “Open Source” is meaningless garbage now. Don’t use the term. Speak of Free/libre software instead. Otherwise it’s safe that assume we’re talking about openwashing (of proprietary software, i.e. a lie).

The OSI probably died the moment it took Microsoft’s money (bribe). But now we’re seeing all the symptoms of the OSI going down the vortex. When the OSI dies or becomes irrelevant to the point where people laugh at it… Microsoft won’t care. Maybe this is just what Microsoft hoped to accomplish all along. Microsoft doesn’t promote “Open Source” but “Inner Source”, i.e. outsourcing all the code to the proprietary software monopoly of Microsoft (GitHub). It’s always about monopoly and control. They call it ‘ecosystem’…

Want another example of “Inner Source”? Edge. As of minutes ago, Joey Sneddon once again promoted Microsoft’s proprietary software and spyware. Sneddon isn’t a GNU/Linux proponent but opportunist, and he has long been doing this kind of Microsoft promotion, so it’s not out of the ordinary (albeit always disappointing regardless, just like the OSI itself).

Open Source is committing suicide. I quit using the term, earlier this year I quit covering/following news that said “Open Source”, and now we’re seeing the very end of OSI. It won’t last long this way…

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

Links 20/10/2020: OpenZFS 2.0 RC4 and Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0

Posted in News Roundup at 7:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • OpenZFS 2.0-RC4 Released With More Fixes, Linux 5.9 Support – Phoronix

        The fourth release candidate of OpenZFS 2.0 is now available for testing of this open-source ZFS file-system implementation currently for Linux and FreeBSD platforms.

        OpenZFS 2.0 is a big update for this project in that it mainlines FreeBSD support, Zstd file-system compression is a new option, various performance improvements, sequential resilvering, fast clone deletion, persistent L2ARC, and a number of other changes compared to the state of the current ZFSOnLinux 0.8 stable series.

      • Linux 5.10 FUSE To Allow Faster Performance With VirtIO-FS – Phoronix

        The FUSE implementation for supporting file-systems in user-space is seeing important kernel work merged for Linux 5.10.

        The most prominent change with FUSE in Linux 5.10 is a “DAX” mode for allowing direct access to the host page cache. Making use of this direct access support for the host page cache is the VirtIO-FS file-system for sharing files/folders with virtualized guests.

        By allowing direct access to the host page cache, there is no longer any double caching and most I/O operations should be significantly faster.

      • Check out the Oracle talks at KVM Forum 2020

        The annual KVM forum conference is next week. It brings together the world’s leading experts on Linux virtualization technology to present their latest work. The conference is virtual this year, with live attendance from October 28-30, or check out the recordings once they are available! https://events.linuxfoundation.org/kvm-forum.

        We have a good number of engineers from the Oracle Linux kernel development team who will be presenting their work at the forum.

        Alexandre Chartre presents KVM Address Space Isolation, a kernel enhancement that provides a separate kernel address space for KVM when running virtual machines. This provides an extra level of protection against speculative execution exploits, improving security for all, and also was a hot topic at the Linux Plumbers Conference earlier this year.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Intel Lands A Hefty Tiger Lake Graphics Optimization – Phoronix

          From my Tiger Lake testing so far with the Core i7 1165G7, the “Gen12″ Xe Graphics have been quite compelling with a very nice upgrade over Gen11 and especially obvious win over the very common still Gen9 graphics. With Mesa 20.3, another measurable performance is on the way for the Intel Vulkan driver with Tiger Lake.

          For Tiger Lake (and theoretically Rocket Lake as well), a new and significant optimization landed today in Mesa 20.3-devel. The optimization applies for Intel Gen12 graphics except for discrete/DG1 graphics.

        • Vulkan Specification Version 1.2.158 Brings Two New Extensions

          Version 1.2.158 of the Vulkan specification introduces VK_KHR_fragment_shading_rate that lets developers change the rate at which fragments are shaded on a per-region, per-primitive or per-draw basis and VK_KHR_shader_terminate_invocation which, together with the previously introduced VK_EXT_shader_demote_to_helper_invocation extension, lets developers do a much more specific OpKill.

        • Open-Source RADV Vulkan Driver Is Seeing Work To Allow Building It On Windows – Phoronix

          An independent party has slowly begun merging patches into mainline Mesa for allowing the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver “RADV” to build on Microsoft Windows.

          AMD is not behind this effort nor Valve but has been worked on in recent months for making Mesa’s Radeon Vulkan driver code compatible with Windows. James Park of a little known “Lag Free Games” has been behind this initiative to bringing it to Windows and seemingly only explaining in private to upstream Mesa developers his motivations for doing so.

          RADV as a reminder is the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver started out by David Airlie of Red Hat and Bas Nieuwenhuizen of Google in the time while waiting for AMD to open-source their Vulkan driver. AMD ultimately provided “AMDVLK” as their official open-source Vulkan driver derived from their internal Vulkan driver sources and built against the AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end.

    • Benchmarks

      • Further Exploring The Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 Performance On Ubuntu Linux

        Last week I published initial benchmarks of the Intel Core i7 1165G7 “Tiger Lake” performance on Linux with the Dell XPS 13 9310 Developer Edition laptop. Of most surprise from those preliminary Linux figures were finding that for some single-threaded workloads the performance was actually worse than the previous generation Ice Lake. Since then I’ve been running more tests around the clock with some interesting discoveries to note today. It is possible to enhance the single-threaded performance so it’s performing better than Ice Lake as would be expected, but comes with lowering the multi-threaded performance compared to the results shared last week.

    • Applications

      • Rdiff-backup – A Local and Remote Backup Tool for Linux

        The Rdiff-backup tool is a simple yet powerful backup tool that can be used to back up data either locally or remotely. It’s a cross-platform tool written in python that works on both Linux, macOS and even FreeBSD. Rdiff-backup, just like rsync, is mostly a reverse incremental backup tool that updates the differences from the previous backup to the next one and ensures that you get the latest backup. Additionally, you can easily restore the backup and access your files. In this guide, you will learn how to install Rdiff-backup – A local and remote backup tool for Linux.

        The Rdiff-backup tool uses the SSH protocol to back up directories over the network. This provides a secure safe and secure transfer of data thanks to the SSH protocol. The remote system ends up with a replica of the source directory and subsequent backups are synced incrementally. Without much further ado, let’s dive in and see how the tool is used.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Rickroll in the Terminal – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        This is a mostly useless blathering but since I got a good laugh out of it, I wanted to index this bit of fun and share it because that is what you do, right? Share nonsense on the Internet? Isn’t that why they invented the thing?

        I was watching “Adrian’s Digital Basement” on YouTube and caught site of a device that had a repeating Rickroll animation. At first, I couldn’t remember what it was called and nearly hurt my thinking muscle in trying to remember it. After a bit of searching, I found a YouTube video of the actual music video of the “RickRoll”. So then I thought, I wonder if someone made this to run in the terminal. Sure enough, that is a thing.

      • How to Import and Export Bookmarks in Google Chrome – Make Tech Easier

        Do you frequently use browser bookmarks to save important information? Learn how you can export and import bookmarks in Google Chrome.

      • How to Install Eclipse IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux – Linux Concept

        Eclipse is the most famous and widely used Java integrated development environment (IDE). It supports many plugins to enhance the capabilities to use for other programming language development environments such as PHP, C++, and JavaScript.

        You can install Eclipse IDE using your Ubuntu repositories, but the Ubuntu repositories’ installation package is outdated. If you want to use the latest Eclipse IDE package on your Ubuntu 20.04 system, use a snappy packaging system.

      • How to Install Guacamole to Access Your Computers from Anywhere in Ubuntu

        Apache Guacamole is a clientless open-source web-based gateway that provides remote access to servers and PCs via a web browser using SSH, VNC, and RDP protocols.

      • How to Boost the Productivity with Sublime Text Snippets

        Snippets are a popular programming feature/functionality that ships with many modern text editors or IDE editors that can be reused whenever required.

      • How to install TensorFlow Python Machine Learning Library on CentOS 8

        TensorFlow is an important open-source library for machine learning that is built by Google. It can run on the GPU as well as on the CPU of different devices. TensorFlow is used by many organizations, including PayPal, Intel, Twitter, Lenovo, and Airbus. It can be installed as a Docker container, or in a virtual environment of Python, or with Anaconda.

        In this article, you will learn how to install the popular python machine learning library TensorFlow on CentOS 8 using a python virtual environment.

      • Web of Trust, Part 2: Tutorial – Fedora Magazine

        Get hands-on with the web of trust with a step-by-step guide to building and verifying a Flatpak.

        [...]

        For this tutorial, you’ll use Flatpak and the Flathub repository. Flatpak is intentionally well-suited for making verifiable rebuilds, which is one of the tenets of the Web of Trust. It’s easier to work with since it doesn’t require users to download independent development packages. Flatpak also uses techniques to prevent in‑flight tampering, using hashes to validate its read‑only state. As far as the Web of Trust is concerned, Flatpak is the future.

        For this guide, you use Remmina, but this guide generally applies to every application you use. It’s also not exclusive to Flatpak, and the general steps also apply to Fedora’s repositories. In fact, if you’re currently reading this article on Debian or Arch, you can still follow the instructions. If you want to follow along using traditional RPM repositories, make sure to check out this article.

      • How to install Zorin OS 15.3

        The latest release of Zorin OS has hit the internet. The new release is known as Zorin OS 15.3, and it is packed with the latest features and improvements. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a fresh copy of Zorin OS 15.3!

        Please note that to use Zorin OS 15.3, you must have a computer with a decently fast CPU, at least 20 GB of hard drive storage, and at least 1 GB of RAM.

      • Introduction to using firewalld on Oracle Linux 8

        This video provides an introduction to using the firewalld utility.

        For additional videos on Oracle Linux check out oracle.com/goto/oraclelinuxlearning.

      • How to Install pip on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        We’ll show you how to install the pip package manager for both Python 3 and Python 2 on an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.

      • How To Install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nextcloud is an open source self-hosted file sync and share application (Calendar, Contacts, Documents, Email, and more).

      • How to install and use Slimbook Battery Saver on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        Linux systems can be optimized into having longer battery usage, courtesy of Slimbook battery saver. Slimbook battery saver is an open-source tool which was created by the Slimbook hardware manufacturer (Manufactures and sells laptops running on Linux based operating systems). It is effective in GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Unity, and MATE desktop environment.

      • How to install LibreOffice 7 on Deepin 20 – YouTube

        In this video, we are looking at how to install LibreOffice 7 on Deepin 20.

      • How to install Atom Text Editor on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Atom text editor on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to fix: ‘cannot open shared object file : No such file or directory’ on Ubuntu

        Sometimes, when you try to install a program or a package from its source code, you might end up getting an error which looks like :

        “error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file No such file or directory”

      • Secure Azure blobs pre-signing in Elixir
      • How to Install pip on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        We’ll show you how to install the pip package manager for both Python 3 and Python 2 on an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.

        [...]

        Both Python 2 or Python 3 can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04. However, with Ubuntu 20.04, the default version is Python 3. If for some reason you need Python 2 along with its version of pip, don’t worry, we’re covering that in this tutorial as well.

        Pip is not installed by default on Ubuntu – however, the installation is quite quick and simple. Let’s start with the installation.

      • SSH 2FA with Google Authenticator and Yubikey – anarcat

        About a lifetime ago (5 years), I wrote a tutorial on how to configure my Yubikey for OpenPGP signing, SSH authentication and SSH 2FA. In there, I used the libpam-oath PAM plugin for authentication, but it turns out that had too many problems: users couldn’t edit their own 2FA tokens and I had to patch it to avoid forcing 2FA on all users. The latter was merged in the Debian package, but never upstream, and the former was never fixed at all. So I started looking at alternatives and found the Google Authenticator libpam plugin. A priori, it’s designed to work with phones and the Google Authenticator app, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work with hardware tokens like the Yubikey. Both use the standard HOTP protocol so it should “just work”.

    • Games

      • Minesweeper-inspired roguelite DemonCrawl has a big free Halloween update and event live | GamingOnLinux

        I’m not sure what I’m scared of more, creepy crawly Halloween stuff or spending even more time playing DemonCrawl with the latest free expansion. With gameplay very much inspired by the classic Minesweeper, it’s got that horrible “one more turn” feeling. It’s so easy to get into too but devilishly difficult to actually get through.

        DemonCrawl needs little in the way of an introduction really. It’s Minesweeper on steroids, with some rogue-lite / RPG flavour thrown into it to create a great mix. Imagine each board being an area your character is travelling through, complete with chests to find, money to grab and monsters.

      • Noir roleplaying detective adventure Backbone is ‘content complete’ with a new trailer | GamingOnLinux

        With a free Prologue available to try out right now, developer EggNut has announced that Backbone is pretty much content complete.

        Quite exciting, as Backbone: Prologue which arrived on Linux officially back in October 2019 has been reviewed exceptionally well by users on Steam. That’s really encouraging on what to expect from the full game when it releases next year. The developer said in the recent announcement that, amongst other things, “Backbone is almost done” and it sounds like they don’t have much left to do apart from a big polishing pass on it.

      • Need a scary story-rich adventure novel for Halloween? Try out Omen Exitio: Plague | GamingOnLinux

        Omen Exitio: Plague appears to be a title we’ve never even mentioned here on GOL which is surprising as it looks great, it supports Linux and users enjoy it. Released back in 2018, Omen Exitio: Plague is a visual novel choice-based adventure set in H.P. Lovecraft’s otherworldy universe, so you can expect all sorts of nasty creatures to appear.

        Italian developer Tiny Bull Studios say it’s styled very much like gamebooks of the ’80s and ’90s, and while it has Lovecraft themes the overall plot and characters are original and what happens is guided by your choices. You could say it’s a choose your own adventure, although we don’t want to get sued by Chooseco now do we.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Debian-Based DebEX Linux Now Ships with GNOME 3.38 and Linux Kernel 5.9

          Based on the Debian Testing repositories, where the development of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series takes place, the new DebEX Linux release is here with goodies that no other live Linux distribution currently offers.

          For starters, the developer removed the lightweight MATE desktop environment, which was used in previous DebEX versions, and replaced it with the latest GNOME 3.38 desktop environment. So that right there might be a very good reason for many wanting to try GNOME 3.38 on Debian GNU/Linux to download this distro.

        • libsecret is accepting Outreachy interns as well – Daiki Ueno

          libsecret is a library that allows applications to store/retrieve user secrets (typically passwords). While it usually works as a client against a separate D-Bus service, it can also use a local file as database. The project is about refactoring the file database so it can easily gain more advanced features like hardware-based security, etc. That might sound intimidating as it touches cryptography, but don’t worry and reach out to us if you are interested

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • The OpenBSD Project’s 25th Anniversary

          We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 6.8. This day marks the OpenBSD project’s 25th anniversary. As we celebrate our 49th release, we remain proud of OpenBSD’s record of more than twenty years with only two remote holes in the default install.

        • Google Summer of Code 2020: [Final Report] Enhancing Syzkaller support for NetBSD

          This report was written by Ayushu Sharma as part of Google Summer of Code 2020.

          This post is a follow up of the first report and second report. Post summarizes the work done during the third and final coding period for the Google Summer of Code (GSoc’20) project – Enhance Syzkaller support for NetBSD

      • IBM/Red Hat and Oracle

        • Get started with Node.js 14 on Red Hat OpenShift – Red Hat Developer

          In April, the Node.js development team released Node.js 14. This major version release, code-named Fermium, will become a long-term support (LTS) release in October 2020.

          Node.js 14 incorporates improvements and new features from the V8 8.1 JavaScript engine. I’ll introduce two of them: Optional chaining and the nullish coalescing operator. I will also show you how to deploy Node.js 14 on Red Hat OpenShift. See the end of the article for a list of resources for learning more about improvements and new features in Node.js 14.

        • Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) IP address changing on October 30, 2020

          Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) will be undergoing planned maintenance beginning on October 30th 2020 starting at 6pm Pacific time. This planned maintenance event is scheduled to be completed by 10pm Pacific time on the same date. During this planned maintenance event, the content delivery component of the Unbreakable Linux Network will move to a new IP address.

        • IBM, ServiceNow Join Hands For New Integrated Solution
        • Join IBM and Red Hat at NodeConf – IBM Developer

          NodeConf remote is coming November 2-6. While the conference will be a bit different this year with everyone remote, it will continue to be a premier showcase and reunion of the Node community.

          IBM is excited to return as a sponsor and to work with Red Hat as our partner in order to provide updates through speaking sessions and workshops. In this blog post, you will find a detailed list of sessions and workshops where you can learn from and interact with Node.js developers and community leaders from Red Hat and IBM.

          We also look forward to talking to you at the Red Hat and IBM booths which are a great opportunity to catch up on what our Node.js team is up to as well as how Red Hat and IBM can help you succeed in your Node.js deployments.

          Make sure to join our community members and leaders through these talks and workshops.

      • Debian Family

        • Steve Kemp: Offsite-monitoring, from my desktop.

          I’ve been hosting my services with Hetzner (cloud) recently, and their service is generally pretty good. Unfortunately I’ve started to see an increasing number of false-alarms. I’d have a server in Germany, with the monitoring machine in Helsinki (coincidentally where I live!). For the past month I’ve started to get pinged with a failure every three/four days on average, “service down – dns failed”, or “service down – timeout”. When the notice would wake me up I’d go check and it would be fine, it was a very transient failure.

          To be honest the reason for this is my monitoring is just too damn aggressive, I like to be alerted immediately in case something is wrong. That means if a single test fails I get an alert, as rather than only if a test failed for something more reasonable like three+ consecutive failures.

          I’m experimenting with monitoring in a less aggressive fashion, from my home desktop. Since my monitoring tool is a single self-contained golang binary, and it is already packaged as a docker-based container deployment was trivial. I did a little work writing an agent to receive failure-notices, and ping me via telegram – instead of the previous approach where I had an online status-page which I could view via my mobile, and alerts via pushover.

          So far it looks good. I’ve tweaked the monitoring to setup a timeout of 15 seconds, instead of 5, and I’ve configured it to only alert me if there is an outage which lasts for >= 2 consecutive failures. I guess the TLDR is I now do offsite monitoring .. from my house, rather than from a different region.

          The only real reason to write this post was mostly to say that the process of writing a trivial “notify me” gateway to interface with telegram was nice and straightforward, and to remind myself that transient failures are way more common than we expect.

        • Video Decoding « etbe – Russell Coker

          I’ve had a saga of getting 4K monitors to work well. My latest issue has been video playing, the dreaded mplayer error about the system being too slow. My previous post about 4K was about using DisplayPort to get more than 30Hz scan rate at 4K [1]. I now have a nice 60Hz scan rate which makes WW2 documentaries display nicely among other things.

          But when running a 4K monitor on a 3.3GHz i5-2500 quad-core CPU I can’t get a FullHD video to display properly. Part of the process of decoding the video and scaling it to 4K resolution is too slow, so action scenes in movies lag. When running a 2560*1440 monitor on a 2.4GHz E5-2440 hex-core CPU with the mplayer option “-lavdopts threads=3” everything is great (but it fails if mplayer is run with no parameters). In doing tests with apparent performance it seemed that the E5-2440 CPU gains more from the threaded mplayer code than the i5-2500, maybe the E5-2440 is more designed for server use (it’s in a Dell PowerEdge T320 while the i5-2500 is in a random white-box system) or maybe it’s just because it’s newer. I haven’t tested whether the i5-2500 system could perform adequately at 2560*1440 resolution.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Unity Desktop Review: Good for the Nostalgic Ubuntu Users

          Continuing with our series of Linux Desktop Environment reviews, we’re going back to a classic. The Unity is just as much a blast from the past as MATE. This review covers the Unity Desktop: first impressions, the user experience, some notable features, and some recommendations on who should use it.

          When I first boot into Unity, I’m struck by how much it looks like GNOME and Budgie. This makes sense, as Unity is a graphical shell that sits on top of the GNOME Desktop Environment (rather than GNOME Shell), and it does offer some separate features that are different than GNOME Shell.

        • Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 “Etiona” Released: A 100% Free Operating System

          Trisquel GNU/Linux is one of the few operating systems endorsed and listed under “Free GNU/Linux Distributions” by the Free Software Foundation. This is because Trisquel is a 100% free operating system that contains only free software with Linux-libre kernel.

          Recently, after more than two years of development, a new version, Trisquel 9.0 “Etiona,” has been released with long-term support (LTS) for home users, small enterprises, and educational centers.

          Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 is based on Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS with all proprietary software and firmware removed from the codebase, and all packages up-to-date with long-term-support updates and security patches.

          Since Trisquel has “Abrowser” as the default web browser, it now includes all the latest updates from the upstream Mozilla Firefox. In addition, Trisquel 9.0 has also added backports to provide extended hardware support, the latest software like LibreOffice, and other utilities.

        • Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 Is Here for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom for Their PCs

          Trisquel GNU/Linux 9.0 is based on Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and it’s powered by the GNU Linux-libre kernel. To offer users a 100% free operating system, it uses a version of Ubuntu’s 4.15 kernel that doesn’t contain any proprietary code.

          Of course, this release updates all packages to their latest versions, and includes backports to provide users with top-notch hardware support. Also, Trisquel’s default web browser Abrowser, a version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox web browser that respects the freedom and privacy of users, received a major update, based on Firefox 81.

        • Trisquel GNU/Linux: Trisquel 9.0 “Etiona” release announcement, and 10.0 plans

          They say that good things come to those who wait, and for this release there has been a lot of waiting but also plenty of good things. Trisquel 9.0, codename “Etiona” is our most polished release yet, thanks to the contribution of a very committed team of volunteers.

          [...]

          Despite the longer than usual release time, all packages are fully up to date with long-term-support updates and security patches. The default web browser “Abrowser”, our freedom and privacy respecting take on Mozilla’s browser, provides the latest updates from upstream for a great browsing experience. Backports provide extended hardware support and other goodies like a newer LibreOffice and many other utilities.

          Special thanks (in no particular order, and probably forgetting a few!) to adfeno, Ark74, leny2010, chaosmonk, davidpgil, dctrud, daroal, proninyaroslav, sudoman, a_slacker_here, rms, bill-auger, pabloyoyoista, kpengboy, pikurasa, mtsio, bandali, thomzane, jxself, valessio, DiivaaD, DNS, Eighth_Doctor, iank, fredd, freekurt, aklis, gnutastyc, calher, CharlieBrown, satellit, charh, fvnines, pehjota, and the whole Trisquel community, for your contributions, support, ideas and continuous encouragement.

        • Trisquel 9.0 Released – Powered By The Linux 4.15 Kernel

          Trisquel 9.0 has been released as one of the few Linux distributions approved by the Free Software Foundation.

          Trisquel 9.0 is now the latest version of this 13 year old operating system tracking Ubuntu/Debian while being modified to ensure non-free code is removed among other steps to receive praise from the FSF and Richard Stallman for being one of the few “pure” GNU/Linux platforms.

          Trisquel 9.0 is based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS packages but with various de-blobbing and changes to ensure everything is 100% open-source and compliant with the Free Software Foundation recommendations for code freedom. There is also modifications like using “Abrowser” built off the Firefox sources but with more user privacy minded changes.

        • Pop!_OS 20.04 Review: The Best Ubuntu-based Distro!

          The Linux distro world is getting better each day, thanks to developers’ immense dedication. The OS sure has come a long way from people calling it “Complex to use” to “User/Beginner Friendly.” One of the best beginner-friendly distros recommended by almost everyone is Ubuntu. Another distro that has recently taken the Linux universe by storm with its new release is Pop!_OS 20.04; it is developed by System 76, a company that manufactures Laptops and ships them with Linux.

          Pop!_OS is a distro based on Ubuntu that has gained popularity lately. After using it extensively for three weeks, it has now become one of my favorite distros of all time. Here’s my review of the same.

        • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 653

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 653 for the week of October 11 – 17, 2020. The full version of this issue is available here.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • How should open source projects handle copyright notices?

        Copyright notices in source code are inconsistently applied and poorly maintained. As a result, such notices are poor sources of information. Should more resources be applied to the maintenance of copyright notices? No.

        Copyright notices are one-line strings that typically include the word “Copyright” (or some substitute, like ©), a name (usually a person or company), and a year.

        In this article, I am not focusing on licenses or license notices (which may sometimes include a copyright notice). My suggestion for low prioritization of investment in copyright notice maintenance does NOT apply to license information. License information should be clearly presented and maintained to be accurate. If you invite others to take and do something with your software, please make the permissions that are being given clear by presenting and maintaining clear license information.

      • 8 Best Free and Open Source PDF Development Libraries

        Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. The format includes a subset of the PostScript page description programming language, a font-embedding system, and a structural storage system.

        Over the years PDF has become an extremely important file format. If you want to create documents that can be viewed under all major operating systems, PDF is the ticket, as it maintains the overall look and feel of documents regardless of what platform they are viewed under.

        There is a large range of PDF-related software available with many different applications available that can both output to and open files. Many open source software save documents to this format such as LibreOffice and GIMP.

      • Events

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Firefox 82 is Out with New Sync Options, Malicious Download Blocking

            Firefox 82 is due for formal release later today (October 20) but as that tend to happen when I’m in bed I’m posting this post a tiny bit early. Firefox 82 downloads are up on the release server.

            Indeed, feature development for Firefox seems to be slowing down in general — Mozilla did recently sack a sizeable chunk of the brower’s development team — but a welcome round of enhancements and changes are available through this uplift.

          • Twitter and Facebook: unfck the algorithms

            Our socially distant reality is pretty damn weird, let’s be honest. Social networks shouldn’t make it any weirder — or more dangerous.

            And yet they are making it more dangerous while promising to “bring the world closer together.” Extremists are finding each other in Facebook groups to plan insurrections and other not-very-good-for-civic life things. Facebook has to do better.

            Over on Twitter, bots and organized mobs have all-too-easily hijacked trends to spread dangerous misinformation and hate speech. Like this and this. Twitter too has to do better.

          • Mozilla Mornings on addressing online harms through advertising transparency

            On 29 October, Mozilla will host the next installment of Mozilla Mornings – our regular breakfast series that brings together policy experts, policymakers and practitioners for insight and discussion on the latest EU digital policy developments.

            A key focus of the upcoming Digital Services Act and European Democracy Action Plan initiatives is platform transparency – transparency about content curation, commercial practices, and data use to name a few. This installment of Mozilla Mornings will focus on transparency of online advertising, and in particular, how mechanisms for greater transparency of ad placement and ad targeting could mitigate the spread and impact of illegal and harmful content online.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU recutils – News: GNU recutils is back to active development [Savannah]

            During the last few years I somehow stopped adding new features to the GNU recutils, limiting its development to the resolution of important bugs, and releasing every one or another year. The reason for this was that I considered the recutils to be, mostly, “finished”.

            However, as of recent some projects have adopted recutils as part of their infrastructure (guix, GNUnet) and it seemst hat Fred’s and George’s favorite tools are getting popular in the internets… and what is more, people are sending patches! o_O

            So I have decided to put the GNU recutils back under active development, for the immense joy of adults and children (and turtles.)

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Come on, Amazon: If you’re going to copy open-source code for a new product, at least credit the creator

            It broke no law in doing so – the software is published under the permissive Apache License v2 – and developers expect such open-source projects will be copied forked. But Amazon’s move didn’t win any fans for failing to publicly acknowledge the code’s creator.

            There is a mention buried in the NOTICE.txt file bundled with the CloudWatch extension that credits Headless Recorder, under its previous name “puppeteer-recorder,” as required by the license. But there’s an expectation among open source developers that biz as big as AWS should show more courtesy.

      • Programming/Development

        • Git v2.29.0 released

          The latest feature release Git v2.29.0 is now available at the
          usual places. It is comprised of 627 non-merge commits since
          v2.28.0, contributed by 89 people, 24 of which are new faces.

        • Git 2.29 Released With Experimental Support For Using More Secure SHA-256
        • 13 Reasons Why It’s High Time to Start Learning to Program | Codementor

          Software development is something that is gaining popularity at lightning speed with the development of technology. The demand for regular developers is high compared to most other mainstream professions. But, what are the other reasons for learning to code?

        • Perl/Raku

          • 2020.42 Recipes

            Another Raku book just hit the (virtual) bookshelves: Raku Recipes, A Problem-Solution Approach by JJ Merelo, with examples about data science, analytics, microservices, and desktop/console applications usage. Recommended reading and mandatory addition to your programming language bookshelves!

        • Python

          • Getting Started with Python | FOSS Linux

            Python is the fastest-growing programming language in the world. Major websites like Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, and many others are built using python’s Web Framework Django. The thing that makes python most popular is its simple syntax, which is similar to the normal English language. Its powerfulness makes it a primary choice adopted by top tech companies.

          • Griatch’s Evennia musings: On using Markdown with Sphinx – onward to Evennia 0.9.5

            Last post I wrote about the upcoming v1.0 of Evennia, the Python MU* creation engine. We are not getting to that 1.0 version quite yet though: The next release will be 0.9.5, hopefully out relatively soon (TM).
            Evennia 0.9.5 is, as you may guess, an intermediary release. Apart from the 1.0 roadmap just not being done yet, there is one other big reason for this – we are introducing documentation versioning and for that a proper release is needed as a base to start from. Version 0.9.5 contains everything already in master branch, so if you have kept up-to-date you won’t notice too much difference.

          • The Journey To Replace Python’s Parser And What It Means For The Future – The Python Podcast

            The release of Python 3.9 introduced a new parser that paves the way for brand new features. Every programming language has its own specific syntax for representing the logic that you are trying to express. The way that the rules of the language are defined and validated is with a grammar definition, which in turn is processed by a parser. The parser that the Python language has relied on for the past 25 years has begun to show its age through mounting technical debt and a lack of flexibility in defining new syntax. In this episode Pablo Galindo and Lysandros Nikolaou explain how, together with Python’s creator Guido van Rossum, they replaced the original parser implementation with one that is more flexible and maintainable, why now was the time to make the change, and how it will influence the future evolution of the language.

          • Python Booleans: Optimize Your Code With Truth Values – Real Python

            The Python Boolean type is one of Python’s built-in data types. It’s used to represent the truth value of an expression. For example, the expression 1 <= 2 is True, while the expression 0 == 1 is False. Understanding how Python Boolean values behave is important to programming well in Python.

  • Leftovers

    • Your Dog in the Race?
    • Health/Nutrition

      • As Pandemic Surges in US, Trump Says ‘People Are Tired of Hearing Fauci and All These Idiots’

        “People are tired of a science-denying president that has allowed over 218,000 people to die from Covid,” responded Rep. Mark Pocan.

      • Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s “Homicidal” Pandemic Response & What’s at Stake in November Election

        As President Trump campaigns in swing states that are also coronavirus hot spots, The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill argues he is directly responsible for the poor U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed almost 220,000 people in the country so far and sickened millions. “I don’t know how else to describe what Trump has done except homicidal,” says Scahill, host of a new seven-part audio series that examines the Trump era.

      • Trump Administration Is Paying Big Pharma Billions in Rush for Vaccine

        Desperate to distract the national discourse from his criminal mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump is promising that a vaccine will be available before Election Day. His vaccine campaign is named “Operation Warp Speed” and there is a real danger that its speed will warp the results. Ironically, the Trump administration is comparing this effort to the Manhattan Project, the highly secret government program to develop the first atomic bomb. “This isn’t a secret government weapon we’re trying to keep from an enemy,” said David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs. “The enemy is the virus. This is actually a rescue mission to save Americans and humanity from the virus.”

      • ‘How do you feel?’ A ‘Meduza’ special correspondent continues cataloging her experience as a volunteer in Russia’s coronavirus vaccine trials

        In August 2020, Russia announced the registration of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, named “Sputnik V.” However, to finalize the vaccine’s registration, its developers at the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology have to conduct large-scale clinical trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers. In September, “Meduza” special correspondent Svetlana Reiter became one of them. After receiving her first injection, she catalogued her impressions of the process, as well as her body’s reaction, day by day and hour by hour (it wasn’t the most pleasant experience). But the study didn’t end there: the coronavirus vaccine trial includes two injections. After her second trip to a Moscow clinic to get another shot, which took place in mid-October, Reiter continued to record her experience. Here’s the second part of her diary.

      • The Metamorphosis

        As the coronavirus ricocheted through New York City this spring, among its many casualties was a certain image of life in the Big Apple. The foodie destinations, posh galleries, and pricey cocktail lounges sat deserted while city hospitals long scorned as antiquated, clunky, and ineffective became crowded, bustling centers of activity and pandemonium. If they didn’t abscond to their second homes, financiers and lawyers huddled in their apartments, and grocery store employees, doormen, UPS drivers, and postal workers all became consummate risk-takers. Spaces segregated from the middle class—homeless shelters, nursing homes, jails—were revealed as inextricably linked to the rest of the city on a microbial level, as the virus could not be kept out or contained within. In the pandemic city, the oft-praised prosperity of New York in the early years of the 21st century proved illusory or at least misdirected: a world of glittering condos and luxe hotels that somehow could not provide enough hospital masks to its nurses or figure out a way to keep its children safe.

      • Fauci Says Trump’s Refusal to Wear Mask Is Due to Belief It Makes Him Look Weak

        During an interview on Sunday evening on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program, Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained that President Donald Trump’s aversion to wearing a mask is based on the desire to be perceived as strong.

      • COVID-19 Spikes in Rural Areas While Hospitals Face Financial Crisis

        One by one, COVID-19 outbreaks popped up in April and May at meatpacking plants across the country, fanning fears that the infectious coronavirus could spread rapidly into rural states. Plants closed temporarily in small metro areas such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Waterloo, Iowa, and in smaller towns like Iowa’s Tama, Columbus Junction and Perry.

      • Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US

        “The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. 

      • 1,000+ CDC Officials Condemn Trump’s Disastrous Pandemic Response, ‘Silencing’ of Agency

        “The absence of national leadership on Covid-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,” reads statement from current and former staffers. 

      • Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative
      • New Bill Aims to End Racial Disparities in Amputations

        On Friday, Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, introduced a sweeping bill to reduce unnecessary amputations and address racial disparities that were the subject of a ProPublica story investigating why Black Americans were three times more likely to undergo diabetic amputations than others. The Amputation Reduction and Compassion Act of 2020 was introduced five months after the ProPublica investigation showed how government and hospital policies obstruct equitable care for at-risk patients.

        The bill proposes major reforms that seek to address policy gaps explored in the article. Today, about half of patients with peripheral artery disease — a condition in which clogged arteries limit the flow of blood — are asymptomatic, and primary care physicians are not always reimbursed for screening. But catching and treating the disease, which is often caused by diabetes, is critical to preventing unnecessary amputations. The bill seeks to ensure that all at-risk patients can obtain a screening at no cost. It requires that Medicare and Medicaid cover the tests, as well as private insurers.

      • ‘No Wonder the US Leads the World in Covid Deaths’: Trump Mocks Biden for Vowing to ‘Listen to the Scientists’

        The president also claimed the economy is rising “like a rocket ship,” a claim belied by ongoing layoffs and widespread economic suffering.

      • In Nevada, Trump Mocks Biden for Listening to Scientists

        Speaking to a largely maskless crowd of supporters on Carson City, Nevada late Sunday, President Donald Trump mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for vowing to “listen to the scientists” on the Covid-19 pandemic if elected in November and boasted about his own refusal to heed the advice of experts even as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge nationwide.

      • The Great Barrington Declaration: COVID-19, “magnified minority,” and eugenics

        When you’ve been examining pseudoscientific and quack claims for over two decades, you start to recognize patterns in the strategies and technique used by those denying science to promote their pseudoscience or quackery. Those who don’t pay attention to these sorts of issues might have been surprised by or unfamiliar with these techniques, but many skeptics were not. I was thinking about this sort of thing when I came across the latest propaganda from COVID-19 deniers, conspiracy theorists, and grifters known as the Great Barrington Declaration.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Apple’s CUPS Repository Has Died A Quiet Death

          The Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) is something all the GNU/Linux distributions use to manage printers. It’s been maintained by Apple since 2007. The Apple-lead CUPS development efforts appear to have completely died out after lead CUPS developer Michael Sweet left the company. CUPS isn’t dead, though, Sweet and others are still working on it in a fork maintained by the OpenPrinting organization.

          [...]

          Michael Sweet begun developing the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) for his company Easy Software Products in 1997. The first beta versions, released under the GNU General Public License, appeared in 1999. Linux distributions were quick to adopt CUPS and the Internet Printing Protocol (ipp) it uses as the de-facto standard for printing and so did Apple it it’s inclusion in Mac OS X 10.2 in March 2002.

          Apple bought the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) lock, stock and Michael Sweet in July 2007. They kept the GNU GPL v2 license and Michael Sweet kept working on it after he joined Apple.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Goldman Sachs Open Sources its Data Modeling Platform through FINOS

                The Fintech Open Source Foundation (“FINOS“), together with platinum member Goldman Sachs (GS), today announced the launch of Legend, Goldman’s flagship data management and data governance platform. Developed internally and used by both engineers and non-engineers alike across all divisions of the bank, the source code for five of the platforms’ modules have today been made available as open source within FINOS.

                Today’s launch comes on the heels of the completion of a six-month pilot in which other leading investment banks, such as Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets, used a shared version of Legend, hosted on FINOS infrastructure in the public cloud, to prototype interbank collaborative data modeling and standardization, in particular to build extensions to the Common Domain Model (CDM), developed by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). This shared environment is now, starting today, generally available for industry participants to use and build models collaboratively. With the Legend code now available as open source, organizations may also launch and operate their own instances. The components open-sourced today allow any individual and organization across any industry to harness the power of Goldman Sachs’ internal data platform for their own data management and governance needs as well as contribute to the open code base.

        • Security

          • Ubuntu and Debian Get Patches for Bluetooth Remote Code Execution Flaws, Update Now

            Discovered by security researcher Andy Nguyen in Linux kernel’s Bluetooth L2CAP and Bluetooth A2MP implementation, as well as the Bluetooth HCI event packet parser, the CVE-2020-12351, CVE-2020-12352, and CVE-2020-24490 vulnerabilities are affecting Debian GNU/Linux 10, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

            While CVE-2020-12351 and CVE-2020-24490 could allow a physically proximate remote attacker to crash the system by causing a denial of service or execute arbitrary code, CVE-2020-12352 let physically proximate remote attackers to expose sensitive information (kernel memory).

          • North Korean hacker group attacked targets inside Russia

            The North Korean hacker group “Kimsuky” is reportedly carrying out attacks against military and industrial entities inside Russia, cybersecurity experts told the newspaper Kommersant. 

          • Eyewear giant Luxottica hit by Windows Nefilim ransomware, data leaked

            The world’s biggest eyewear company, Italian conglomerate Luxottica, has suffered a ransomware attack staged by criminals using the Windows Nefilim ransomware and data about its financial and human resources operations have been leaked on the dark web.

          • Auto equipment maker KYB hit by Windows NetWalker ransomware

            Indiana-based KYB Corporation, the biggest supplier of OEM automotive equipment to companies around the globe, appears to have been hit by the Windows NetWalker ransomware, with the criminals behind the attack threatening to leak data stolen from the company on the dark web.

          • Security updates for Monday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (kernel, thunderbird, and yaws), Fedora (createrepo_c, dnf, dnf-plugins-core, dnf-plugins-extras, kata-agent, libdnf, librepo, and wireshark), Gentoo (chromium and firefox), Mageia (brotli, flash-player-plugin, php, phpmyadmin, and wireshark), openSUSE (crmsh, gcc10, nvptx-tools, icingaweb2, kernel, libproxy, pdns-recursor, phpMyAdmin, and rubygem-activesupport-5_1), Red Hat (nodejs:12 and rh-maven35-apache-commons-collections4), and SUSE (gcc10, nvptx-tools and transfig).

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Judge Shuts Down Vallejo PD’s Illegally-Obtained Stingray

              For the moment, police officers in Vallejo, California aren’t allowed to use their cell site simulator. A tentative ruling [PDF] issued by a judge says the city violated the law by approving the purchase of a Stingray device without instituting a privacy policy governing its use — a policy explicitly approved by the city council and subjected to public scrutiny prior to adoption.

            • COVID-19 Is Driving The Uptake Of Chess — And Of Surveillance Tools To Stop Online Players Cheating

              Techdirt has been noting some interesting tech trends arising out of the increasing number of people who work and study from home because of COVID-19. One that few of us saw coming is a greatly increased enthusiasm for playing chess. That would be a good thing, except that life is never simple, as the Guardian reports:

            • Lawful interception: German government sets up new surveillance unit at Europol

              Germany uses its EU Presidency to reorganise digital surveillance in Europe. A 5G working group temporarily set up by the BKA is now being consolidated at Europol. It is to coordinate the „operational capabilities“ in the Member States and facilitate interception through new legislative proposals.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • May 2020, May 1968

        May 68. The students stormed Paris, and the institutions that produced their oppression. They seemed to be a culmination of existentialist thought as much as they were of marxist, anarxist, etc thought. Sartre’s existentialism, born in the cafe settings of the left bank, to the drugs, cigarettes and alcohol intake of its thinkers, (amongst others) seemed to be walking in the streets, setting up barricades. This thought? That first I am. That secondly, I must question and be skeptical of what is. That I can be free, and even from capitalism. Sartre himself was in the streets, along with Michel Foulcault and others whose examination would come to impact the world. Paris after the war in the 40’s and 50’s, a child of Soren Kieerkegard’s thoughts on angst, and existence had taken hold of the streets.

        Who are we? It is a question that we two ask ourselves, and have been for some time. The coffeeshops that stood up to the Vietnam War on our side of the atlantic too hosted conversation, and the love of wisdom (philosophy). How did we arrive at the metaphysics that we have seen in the streets provoke and convoke the entirety of the world (that as a human I MUST protest against injustice). This metaphysics can be heard in much of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches who spoke of a duty. Beyond a right. Let us not forget that the rights of man (which I have purposely limited to man), that comes of the enlightenment, and that the duty of humans are different, that do not exclude one another but that certainly are not the same. They are each a metaphysics.

      • Reframing America’s Role in the World

        Remember when Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was all the rage? It’s now available in hardcover for $0.99 from online used booksellers. James Comey’s Higher Loyalty also sells for a penny less than a buck.

        An additional forty-six cents will get you Omarosa Manigault Newman’s “insider’s account” of her short-lived tenure in that very White House. For the same price, you can acquire Sean Spicer’s memoir as Trump’s press secretary, Anthony Scaramucci’s rendering of his tumultuous 11-day stint as White House communications director, and Corey Lewandowski’s “inside story” of the 2016 presidential campaign.

      • The War on Cuba and Venezuela

        “Right now fewer trucks are coming in. Less merchandise too. And the quality isn’t the same because a lot of the products are rotting the fields because there’s no oil for the trucks. Because of the U.S. blockade on Cuba, no oil tankers can get here,” says Barbaro Medina, a produce vendor in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood.

        This interview features among others in episode two of The War on Cuba, a documentary series released by Belly of the Beast, a media startup covering Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations.

      • How Biden Flubbed Town Hall Foreign Policy Question

        Most of our leaders are still hell-bent on preserving America’s imperial power at any cost: endless wars, climate catastrophe, mass extinctions, and the terrifying risk of a final, apocalyptic mass-casualty war—most likely a nuclear war. 

      • St. Petersburg court rejects defamation lawsuit against news outlet that linked Russian mercenary to gruesome execution in Syria

        A court in St. Petersburg has rejected a defamation lawsuit by a man in Bryansk who accused the news outlet Fontanka of falsely identifying him as one of the Russian mercenaries who executed, dismembered, and burned a Syrian war deserter in 2017. The case appears to have been coordinated by the “Patriot” media group — a conglomerate of websites reportedly controlled by Evgeny Prigozhin, who also allegedly owns the “Wagner” private military company that supposedly employed the Russian combatants who tortured, killed, and mutilated Mohammed Taha Ismail Al-Abdullah.

      • How Does a Nation Best Deal With a Leader Who Intentionally Kills Its Citizens?

        Regardless of his motivations, Trump is engaging in and encouraging behavior that is killing and disabling Americans by the millions.

      • Abby Martin and Eleanor Goldfield – The Project Censored Show

        Program Summary: Anti-imperialist journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files returns to the program to note the many similarities between Trump and Biden on  foreign policy and US empire. She also explains her battle against a Georgia law under which she was prevented from speaking at a public university there. In the second half-hour, journalist and filmmaker Eleanor Goldfield revisits the program and shares her observations about the US political culture and elections, and what social justice advocates must do to foster genuine progress regardless who wins the election in November.Notes: Abby Martin is an independent journalist, documentary filmmaker, and the creator of “The Empire Files.” She is cofounder and cohost of Media Roots Radio and www.MediaRoots.org. Her web site is www.theempirefiles.tv.       Eleanor Goldfield is a journalist, artist, and organizer; she recently produced the documentary “Hard Road of Hope,” an award-winning documentary about peoples’ resistance in West Virginia coal country. She also cohosts numerous podcasts including “Common Censored” and “Act Out!” Her web site is www.artkillingapathy.com1) “Uncle Sam Goddam” by Brother Ali2) “Land of Confusion” by Genesis3) “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonderthe Project Censored Show:

      • US charges six Russians with being behind numerous computer intrusions

        The US has charged six Russians, all officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU, of participating in intrusion of computer systems in a number of countries.

      • Reframing America’s Role in the World

        The specter of isolationism.

      • In Trump’s America, There Is Death Before Due Process

        The Thurston County sheriff in Lacey, Washington, where the suspect was killed, released a public statement saying his investigation team “can confirm… that Mr. Reinoehl pointed the handgun that he had in his possession at the officers at the time of the shooting.” The U.S. Marshals Service whose forces were the ones that shot Reinoehl released a similar statement claiming that the fugitive task force that had been sent to his location “attempted to peacefully arrest him,” but, after being shot at, “Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.”

        News outlets took the official statements at their word and dutifully reported the incident as one where a suspected killer opened fire on officers and was fatally shot in the course of his arrest. In other words, there was “nothing to see here.” But according to a New York Times investigation six weeks after his death, it remains unclear “whether law enforcement officers made any serious attempt to arrest Mr. Reinoehl before killing him.”

      • Trump Has Stoked White Supremacy and Led Police to Act Outside the Law

        As the 2020 presidential campaign enters its final two weeks, we look at the past four years of the Trump presidency with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. His podcast “Intercepted” has just released the fourth chapter in a seven-part audio documentary titled American Mythology, which critically examines the Trump presidency and places it within a larger historical context. Scahill says Trump has empowered white supremacist vigilantes and given permission to law enforcement to act extrajudicially to enforce a racist status quo, but he cautions that “Donald Trump is not an aberration of U.S. history or some anomaly, but he’s a very overt representation of many of the absolute most violent, destructive, racist, xenophobic trends in U.S. history.”

      • Jeremy Scahill: Trump Has Incited White Supremacists & Emboldened Police to Act Outside the Law

        As the 2020 presidential campaign enters its final two weeks, we look at the past four years of the Trump presidency with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. His podcast “Intercepted” has just released the fourth chapter in a seven-part audio documentary titled “American Mythology,” which critically examines the Trump presidency and places it within a larger historical context. Scahill says Trump has empowered white supremacist vigilantes and given permission to law enforcement to act extrajudicially to enforce a racist status quo, but he cautions that “Donald Trump is not an aberration of U.S. history or some anomaly, but he’s a very overt representation of many of the absolute most violent, destructive, racist, xenophobic trends in U.S. history.”

      • France teacher attack: Four school students held over beheading

        Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies across the country on Sunday to honour Mr Paty and defend freedom of speech. A ceremony paying tribute to Mr Paty, who was 47, will be held at the Sorbonne University in Paris on Wednesday.

        [...]

        Four school pupils who may have helped identify Mr Paty to his killer in exchange for payment have been detained, a judicial source told the AFP news agency on Monday.

      • 4 students detained after French teacher’s beheading

        French police on Monday launched a series of raids targeting Islamist networks three days after the beheading of a history teacher who had shown his students a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

      • Police operations under way in France after beheading of teacher

        Darmanin said they include the father of a student and an Islamist activist who both “obviously launched a fatwa,” or religious ruling, against the teacher.

      • France: Teacher Beheaded, Police Shoot Dead Suspected Killer

        The attack came as Macron is pushing for a new law against what he calls domestic “separatism,” notably by Islamic radicals accused of indoctrinating vulnerable people through home schools, extremist preaching and other activities.

      • Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen

        Ricard told reporters that the Moscow-born suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.

        His half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard said. He didn’t give her name, and it is not clear where she is now.

      • Attacker shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ after beheading teacher in Paris

        Immediately after the beheading, the attacker claimed responsibility and posted an image of his victim’s severed head on Twitter, a police source told NBC News. The grisly image was removed by the social-media site.

      • Cameroon Closes Schools as Boko Haram Suicide Bombings Increase

        Cameroon says it has again closed more than 60 schools on its northern border with Nigeria to save children and teaching staff from increasing Boko Haram attacks. The central African state has deployed its military to teach displaced children in locations they say are safe. Boko Haram is increasingly using suicide bombers, as the military has drastically reduced the terrorist group’s firepower.

        Ousmanou Garga, the Cameroon basic education official on the northern border with Nigeria, says recent Boko Haram attacks have made many schools unsafe.

      • Sweden embarks on its largest military build-up for decades

        The draft, abolished a decade ago and reintroduced for both genders in 2017, will double in size to 8,000 conscripts a year, and five new local-defence battalions will be established around the country, tasked with protecting supply lines from the Norwegian ports of Oslo and Trondheim. An amphibious unit will be re-established in Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s largest port.

        There are goodies for the other services, too. The air force can look forward to newer Gripen fighter jets with longer ranges and better radar, some of which will go to a new air wing in Uppsala, 70km (43 miles) north of Stockholm. The navy will get an extra submarine, money to design a new type of warship and air-defence missiles that its ships have been in need of for 15 years.

        Civil defence is also getting attention, with funding for cybersecurity, the electricity grid and healthcare. “We’ve begun to rebuild a newer version of what we had during the cold war”, says Niklas Granholm of FOI, Sweden’s defence research agency. A big exercise to test national resilience was held this year. The aim is to enable Sweden to hold out in a crisis or war for at least three months, until help arrives (assuming that it does).

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Losing Ground

        Here is a version of the old rock-paper-scissors game, on a topic that should be of urgent concern to people on the left: How did Trump’s America happen, and what can we do to dislodge its hold on our politics? One can argue that Donald Trump didn’t really win the 2016 election or that he won it only through some combination of voter suppression, Russian meddling, and the peculiarities of the American constitutional system. Even so, somebody who shouldn’t have been a serious candidate got tens of millions of votes, and it’s legitimate (urgent, if we are to avoid a repeat performance this November) to ask why. Was it racism? Misdirected economic frustration? Expert manipulation of public opinion? A deterioration of democratic norms? All of these combined? Three new books by prominent liberal intellectuals—Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Let Them Eat Tweets, Robert B. Reich’s The System, and Robert P. Saldin and Steven M. Teles’s Never Trump—give strikingly different answers to these questions. Each book’s argument is strong and important, and yet each one also vitiates the others.

      • The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP

        It is nonsensical to argue, as do Trump and his allies, that government cannot mandate masks or close businesses during a pandemic but can prevent women from having abortions and same-sex couples from marrying.

      • Facebook Is So ‘Biased Against Conservatives’ That Mark Zuckerberg Personally Agreed To Diminish The Reach Of ‘Left-Leaning’ Sites

        As you well know if you’ve been reading this site for the last few years, there’s a garbage myth out there that the internet companies have an “anti-conservative” bias. First of all, even if this were true, there’s literally nothing wrong with that. Historically, media companies have long had political biases, going all the way back to the founding of the country (seriously you should read how crazy it was). This is literally part of the reason the 1st Amendment exists in the form that it does. The founders knew that allowing the government to crack down on biased media would create problems over time.

      • Can Jaime Harrison Really Beat Lindsey Graham?

        Columbia, S.C.—Does Jaime Harrison really have a chance to unseat Lindsey Graham? Yes. But it won’t be easy—despite some current polls showing the race in a dead heat and Harrison raising money hand over fist.

      • Jeremy Scahill: “Trump Is Not the Root of the Problem, He Is a Product of American Imperial History”

        Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 with a mixed message of attacking the legacy of the Iraq War and U.S. military adventurism, while simultaneously pledging to commit war crimes and promote imperialism. As we look back at Trump’s record, Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, says his flouting of international norms and bullying of other countries is in keeping with how U.S. presidents have long behaved. “Donald Trump is not the root of the problem. Donald Trump is a product of American imperial history,” Scahill notes.

      • What Joe Biden Can Learn From Jacinda Ardern

        New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepted her landslide reelection win Saturday with a message for her country and the rest of the world: “We are living in an increasingly polarized world, a place where more and more people have lost the ability to see one another’s point of view. I hope that this election, New Zealand has shown that this is not who we are. That as a nation, we can listen and we can debate. After all, we are small to lose sight of other people’s perspective. Elections aren’t always great at bringing people together, but they also don’t need to tear one another apart.”

      • Trump Keeps Slinging Mud, but This Time It’s Not Sticking

        A skilled entertainer, Donald Trump has a natural instinct for pleasing hardcore fans who never get tired of old favorites. If he has a joke that gets a laugh, he’ll tell it again and again. If a nickname like “Crooked Hillary” or a slogan like “lock her up” works up the crowd, he’ll keep hammering at it with no fear of being tiresome. His rallies often seem less like political events than entertainment extravaganzas, where groupies eagerly hang on his words waiting for the greatest hits to echo again. This repetitive quality makes Trump all the more annoying to his political opponents. But his willingness to work within the narrow ambit of a limited repertoire of catchphrases has served him well.

      • Balls

        Objectivity in judging is a myth. As Justice Cardozo noted, “We (judges) may try to see things as objectively as we please, nonetheless we can never see them with any eyes except our own.” A test of principled judging is doctrinal consistency. As Ryan Grim and others argue, Judge Barrett fails that test, notably regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

        When Sonia Sotomayor said at her Supreme Court confirmation hearings that her experience as a Latina woman informs her judging, she broke the rules of the game and had to recant in support of the guise of neutrality. The charade continues.

      • Sound and Fury

        Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with Donald Trump as his crowbar, opened the way to Barrett’s hearings in possibly one of the most hypocritical acts of his career. He denied a hearing to President Barack Obama’s court nominee in 2016, arguing the people should choose in an election year. He pulled a Judas.

        The people’s choice, if life were fair, should go to the winner of the Nov. 3 election, which may not be Trump. But power is as power does. And if Joe Biden becomes president, it will be in his power to expand the Supreme Court.

      • Money Rules

        Lee, after observing that they are both members of  once-persecuted groups (Lee a Mormon, Barrett a Catholic) praised Barrett for her courage  defending minorities. The US Constitution, he declared, is designed to “protect unpopular issues and groups from the impulses of a majority which might be bent on harm”.

        Next, Whitehouse called these confirmation hearings a puppet show, whose strings were pulled by dark money, the objective being :remake the national judiciary, demean and diminish the civil jury, weaken regulatory agencies which protect the public trust, allow unlimited  money in politics, restrict voting rights, and of course knocking down Roe vs. Wade,  same-sex marriage and Obamacare. $250 million had been spent, he  stated, in dark money, to reshape the courts.

      • Corporatist Judge Barrett – Two More Senate Abstentions Needed to Stop Trump

        This week, nominee to the High Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett followed the “say-nothing” playbook, through injudicious and repetitious filibustering, essentially claiming that it was improper for a judge “to opine” on matters outside the judicial process.

        Really? Judge Barrett “opined” in lectures, interviews, and articles as a judge as have many sitting Supreme Court Justices. Her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia regularly made controversial declarations at law school addresses and all kinds of other public appearances.

      • Michigan Republican Senate Candidate Has Strong Financial Ties to DeVos Family

        Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James attended a fundraiser at the home of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ brother-in-law while trying to downplay the financial help his campaign has received from the family.

      • Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast—Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump

        “A very large number of people on the left who supported Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have come around to an understanding that Trump and his accomplices are such a dire threat to any hope of forward progress in this country.”

      • Ep112: The DNC’s War on the Green Party and Traditional Versus New Media in an Election Year w/Peter Finch – Along The Line Podcast

        On today’s episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss the DNC’s war on the Green Party and traditional versus new media in an election year with the host of The Finch Files, Peter Finch.

      • With Biden Path to Victory Still Fraught, Senate Democrats Issue All-Hands-on-Deck Warning Against Trump and GOP Election Threats

        “The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest,” Biden’s campaign manager cautioned over the weekend.

      • Progressives Won’t Wait for Biden to Set the Course

        On October 8, the Working Families Party released the People’s Charter, a progressive “road map out of our current state of crisis,” endorsed by several leading progressive legislators and insurgent congressional candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other members of “the Squad,” as well as organizations including the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project,the Service Employees International Union, and MoveOn. Earlier, the Green New Deal Network, an even broader coalition anchored by Indivisible, released the Thrive Agenda endorsed by 85 sitting legislators and legions of unions, environmental, civil rights, and citizen action groups. These serve not only as policy statements but as political markers as well: If Biden wins next month as expected, progressives will not give him a pass but will seek to drive bold reforms from the get-go.

      • Belarus moves prominent political analyst Vitali Shkliarov to house arrest, following roundtable meeting with Lukashenko

        After months, the Belarusian authorities have finally released political analyst Vitali Shkliarov from jail, transferring him to house arrest, his lawyer Anton Gashinsky told the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. 

      • The Courts v. Democracy

        Of the six major controversies to convulse the Supreme Court since 2000, exactly half have been over personnel. First, in 2016, the Republican Senate refused to consider President Obama’s nomination to the court, claiming that nine months was too soon before an election and that the American people should have a say; then, in 2017, Trump’s nominee to the Court, Brett Kavanaugh, was credibly accused of sexual assault and confirmed amidst national protests; and now, less than two months before the 2020 presidential election, Republicans are vowing to confirm a justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg regardless of the election results.

        That a simple hiring decision can plunge the nation into crisis suggests an institution in profound upheaval, its legitimacy threatened by the increasing gap between its presentation as a non-political arbiter and the profoundly political nature of its job. If one of the central goals of liberal democracy has been to sever the power and legitimacy of political institutions from the personalities of the people who occupy them, if, in Karl Popper’s words, “what we need is not so much good men as good institutions,” then the Supreme Court is failing.

      • Rule Draconia: Tories and Labor Collude in Enabling Act for State Crimes

        The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill provides immunity for any government agent in undercover operations; and this goes far beyond those aimed at dire terrorist threats and big crime gangs, as touted by the bill-pushers. (Activities that are already given perilously wide scope in current practice.) It also includes serious crimes committed while pursuing operations launched “in the interests of the economic well-being of the United Kingdom, for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime or of preventing disorder.”

        As the Spectator puts it:

      • Days Before Debate, Trump Attacks Moderator After Being Advised to Be Nicer

        President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers are reportedly urging him to approach the final debate of the 2020 presidential election season with a calmer demeanor, but he appears already to be dismissing the strategy by attacking the character of the moderator just days before the debate is set to take place.

      • ‘Democracy Has Won’: Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election

        “Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted,” Morales declared from exile in Argentina.

      • QAnon/8Chan Sites Briefly Knocked Offline

        A large number of 8kun and QAnon-related sites (see map above) are connected to the Web via a single Internet provider in Vancouver, Wash. called VanwaTech (a.k.a. “OrcaTech“). Previous appeals to VanwaTech to disconnect these sites have fallen on deaf ears, as the company’s owner Nick Lim reportedly has been working with 8kun’s administrators to keep the sites online in the name of protecting free speech.

        But VanwaTech also had a single point of failure on its end: The swath of Internet addresses serving the various 8kun/QAnon sites were being protected from otherwise crippling and incessant distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks by Hillsboro, Ore. based CNServers LLC.

        [...]

        The FBI last year identified QAnon as a potential domestic terror threat, noting that some of its followers have been linked to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Republicans, Who Have Made Sure The Federal Election Commission Can’t Do Anything, File A Complaint About Twitter’s Moderation Practices

        Last week, Senator Josh Hawley (who knows better) sent a ridiculous letter to the Federal Election Commission claiming that Twitter and Facebook’s decision (based on different reasons) to limit the sharing of a sketchy NY Post article was election interference. We explained why that was nonsense, but it appears that the Republican Party no longer gives a shit about what the law actually says when it can play the victim.

      • Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

        The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be. TikTok has recently had similar troubles in the United States; however, it is becoming increasingly clear that these software bans being executed or threatened by governments around the world are merely chess moves to try and get tech companies to acquiesce to government demands. The PTA has passed on instrutions to Pakistan’s internet service providers (ISPs) instructing them to block the popular social media app.

      • People Need to Reclaim the Internet

        No matter how much you dislike Trump, only a fool can fail to see the implications for public access to information of the massive suppression on the internet of the Hunter Biden leaks.

      • New book shines light on China’s influence over Hollywood

        Chris Fenton, the former president of DMG Entertainment, produced nearly two dozen films for the Chinese market. In his new book “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business,” he details that experience.

        “Quite frankly, myself and other cogs and wheels of the machine of the capitalism between the two countries weren’t really thinking about how what we were doing was detrimental to America, or detrimental to the world overall or helping give more leverage or power to the Chinese Communist Party,” he told VOA.

      • Police detain 10 people over beheading of French teacher in Paris suburb

        Reporting from the scene of the attack, FRANCE 24′s Julia Kim said the teacher had recently given a class on secularism and the controversy surrounding the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Supreme Court rules source protection a valid defence for reporter who refused to testify

        Finland’s Supreme Court has granted leave to a Helsingin Sanomat journalist to appeal a decision by the Helsinki District Court regarding whether or not he had the right to protect sources who contributed to a story about a military intelligence research centre.

        The verdict in the earlier case itself is sealed, but the supreme court’s ruling means that the journalist cannot be convicted solely on the basis of protecting a source.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The GOP’s Blisteringly Hypocritical Road From Whining About Net Neutrality To Supporting Trump’s Idiotic Attack On Social Media

        Mike has already highlighted FCC boss Ajit Pai’s rank hypocrisy in his support of Trump’s brain fart of an executive order targeting social media. This is, after all, a guy that crowed for literally the better part of the last decade about how some modest net neutrality rules (read: some basic consumer protections aimed at policing widely disliked telecom monopolies) was “government run amok” and a “government takeover of the internet.” Now, as Trump attempts to bully the FCC into policing social media giants it has no authority over, a decade worth of purported principles are somehow, mysteriously absent.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • $1,000 Awarded for American GNC Prior Art

            Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Ekta Aswal, who received a cash prize of $1,000 for their prior art submissions for U.S. Patent 6,480,789, owned by American GNC Corp. The ’789 patent, directed to a collision avoidance system, had been asserted in district court litigation against Toyota.

            To help the industry fight bad patents, we have published the winning prior art below.

          • Patent Eligibility: Advantages over the Prior Art are Not Sufficient without Meaningful Technological Improvements

            In a terse opinion, Judge Hughes has affirmed the demurrer (12(b)(6) decision by Judge Sweeney (S.D. Ind) holding Tenstreet’s U.S. Patent No. 8,145,575 invalid as directed toward an abstract idea.

            The holding: even if the invention provides “advantages over the previous method,” it is not patent eligible without a “technological improvement beyond the use of a generic computer.” In essence, “do it on a computer” is not enough for patent eligibility.

      • Copyrights

        • Another view on Glenn Gould, user rights, performance and recording – The IPKat

          In her article, ‘Glenn Gould: Inventor of “User Rights”?’, Professor Mira T. Sundara Rajan points to Glenn Gould’s interview with Humphrey Burton as an early example of discussions about user rights, embodied by Gould’s ‘new listener’. Whilst the importance of recordings since 1966 has increased and new technologies have created new opportunities for sonic manipulation, music listeners have not become conductors in their own right (as Gould predicted) – struck by the lightning of inspiration.

          Instead, new listening technologies (such as the iPod and Spotify) have become disassociated with technologies that allow music to be manipulated or adapted (such as the turntable or the digital audio workstation (DAW)). I think it is worth probing further the relationship between user rights, listening, and music technology in the half-century since the interview.

          In one part of the interview, Gould states that the ability to ‘accelerate’ the tempo of records could allow listeners to conduct their own versions of symphonies. Burton replies that: ‘I want to hear Klemperer’s Beethoven, I don’t want to do my own Beethoven’. Gould immediately responds ‘Why not? Are you afraid of your own Beethoven?’ Gould goes on to explain that in the future the listener may be presented with a ‘skeleton’ performance which they could ‘assemble’.

          For Gould, once the listener obtains the ‘power’ to control recordings, they will not relinquish this power lightly. Once the technology was there, Gould’s Frankenstein listener would dissect and assemble a piece to fit their own vision. However, this Promethean dream has never been realised. Whilst the clay of musical recordings has become ever-more malleable, listeners’ desire for authenticity and portability, coupled with new technologies, have dislocated the listener from creativity and user rights.

        • Cloudflare Counters Mass Piracy Allegations in ‘Thothub’ Lawsuit

          Cloudflare has denied that it’s part of a RICO copyright infringement conspiracy. The CDN provider responded to the allegations from Texas-based model Deniece Waidhofer, who sued Cloudflare, Thothub and several advertisers. While Thothub has vanished, the lawsuit isn’t going away just yet.

        • Men Sued For Selling IPTV Subscriptions From Pirate Provider Previously Raided By Police

          DISH Network has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against individuals who reportedly sell access to a pirate IPTV supplier that was previously targeted by police in Sweden. In that matter, several people were sentenced to years in prison and ordered to pay around $24m in damages. According to DISH, however, the provider is still in business and supplying content to the United States.

People With God Complex Must Never be Allowed in Positions of Power

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 5:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Get me into that and goddam, we’ll make so much money!”

Bill Gates, Microsoft

Related: Bill Gates Said He Was on a “Jihad” Against GNU/Linux, But GNU/Linux Users/Developers Engaged in Self-Defense Are Foul-Mouthed ‘Microsoft Haters’? | Bill Gates: “Where Are We on This Jihad?” (Against Linux at Intel) | Reminder: Bill Gates Called for “Jihad” (His Word) Both Before and After Being Grilled for Crimes | Bill Gates Deposition: Gates Keeps Referring to His Attacks on Competitors (Linux Included) as “Jihad” and Still Lies About Illegal Contracts | The Supposedly ‘Soft’ Bill Gates Interrogated About What Was Called His “Jihad” | Bill Gates Refers to His Business as “Jihad” and Accuses Java of Being a “Religion” With “Rabid” Supporters

Jimmy Neutron meme: It's mine, mine, mine. Bill, not everything must be controlled by you.

Summary: The attack on Linus Torvalds — an attack which at his own expense/peril he fails to recognise/acknowledge — seeks to put both projects that he founded right in Microsoft’s palm

“WHAT’S mine is mine and what’s yours is mine, too…”

So goes the motto at Microsoft, shows the Bill Gates deposition. They cannot grasp the concept of competition, let alone fair competition. Independent media is also an anathema, which is why both Gates and Microsoft bribe publishers (sometimes to oust their critics and delete articles critical of them… as if they’re “blasphemous”). They increasingly control Linux through the Linux Foundation and increasingly control Git through GitHub (which is where they want Linux to go).

“They cannot grasp the concept of competition, let alone fair competition.”Unfortunately, Mr. Torvalds is unable or unwilling to wake up and smell the coffee. Companies that want him powerless or retired (same effect) are taking over his projects and all they have in mind is proprietary software with surveillance, not Free software and not even Open Source — a term that increasingly means nothing to these people. Torvalds couldn’t have lost sight of what Microsoft did to Nokia, once the pride of his home country (and city). If someone can do anything at this point, regarding Git and Linux at least, it’s their creator, not his so-called ‘boss’ who thinks Microsoft is like a "puppy". One can imagine what he thinks of Bill Gates…

“He [Bill Gates] acted like a spoiled kid, which is what he was.”

Ed Roberts, Gates’ employer at MITS in the 1970′s (Atlanta Journal-Costitution, 04-27-97)

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